In my work, I try to restore a bit of the dignity to the animals that nourish us and work for us but that we almost always view simply as a commodity.

This series is part of my larger exploration into finding 'value' where none appears apparent, particularly with birds and animals that came to my country (New Zealand) when colonization occurred in the mid to late 1800's.

Our rural beginnings were heavily reliant on domestic birds and farm animals for survival. While agriculture is still a very big earner in my country, the animals as individuals have lost much of the personal value they once had to us in our every day lives. We have divorced ourselves from the land and the things we eat, reducing these noble subjects into so many pounds of flesh.

—Cally Whitham