Anthony Heywood 

Anthony Heywood was born 1952, UK (United Kingdom)
Anthony Heywood was born 1952, UK (United Kingdom)

The catalyst was a newspaper article which was about the indescrimate slaughter of elephants simply for their ivory tusks. In this work, ‘Earth Elephant16’ – paper materials- context and
content does not inform an image that does not suffer from isolation, 
nor is it neutralised. Apart from the obvious, and very relevant, considerations of suffering and conservation it was the
ultimate irrationality of this barbaric act portrayed in the newspaper 
article photograph that engaged me to do the work, in parallel is that I felt that as an artist I wanted to show my concern
for the plight of the people and the elephants as the situation of 
the animals is directly parallel to human. Why does ivory have such value and why do we allow the simple law of supply and
demand- as applied not to basic essentials, but to conspicuous 
consumption, to exercise such a gross tyranny over our planet? Which then manifests itself in the greed and avarice which causes
deep unrest in cultures and countries?  The work therefore 
challenges traditional notions, initially by evoking classicism, a form which has utilised paper a universal medium which represents
materials of both symbolic and intrinsic value. This idea of 
long term appreciation and value is quite obviously alien, not only to the procurers and purveyors of ivory, but too much of contemporary
culture. Ironically, the medium of newspaper, which 
was responsible for disseminating the plight of the elephants, and of the message of giving news is also responsible for the dissemination of a
great deal of information and entertainment which 
is arguably of dubious value. A newspaper which is not performing the function, for which it was designed, is transformed through recycling
into the sculptured form it represents the detritus 
of culture. The body of an elephant slaughtered solely for  of it possessions of its tusks is the detritus of a supply created to meet the demand
of a particular rarefied ostentatious and perverted 
refinement of taste. My work simply portrays the plight of the elephant today both in its classical form and its vulnerability through the paper
materials all peeling away like skin falling from the 
carcass of the elephant.

‘Earth elephant16’ paper materials 2015-16