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Thursday, February 12, 2003

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Cow's head is art

Re: "Diets clash: Oscar Mayer vs. Green Giant," Feb. 6

To the Editor:

"Is this your cow head?" That was the first question I was asked by the police officer. I replied that the art installation was indeed mine, although it was fairly obvious that the head belonged to the cow.

Being slammed for "activist art" is to be expected, but after reading The Gazette's editorial food fight last Thursday, I wanted the opportunity to say a few things. My initial reaction was to attack Emmett Macfarlane's article in favour of meat. His argument was unfounded and included a comparison of PETA (who is by definition an ethical treatment organization) to al Qaeda. He made several ignorant statements that infuriated me, however, a direct response to his inept writing would only give further validity to his argument.

In The Gazette's article on my artwork that was published nearly a month ago, University Students' Council VP-campus issues Nicole Nelson said I failed to properly reserve the space. While it is shocking that someone in her position would be uniformed, the truth is that I had properly booked the space.

Macfarlane stated that I am "an art student who apparently couldn't draw, paint or sculpt something." While I have had and continue to maintain decent grades in all three of the aforementioned subjects, Macfarlane's uneducated opinion is one that art students must constantly defend. I urge anyone who limits art to drawing, painting and sculpture – especially Macfarlane – to read any art literature post 1950.

As far as being a vegetarian, it is a personal choice that I do not expect anyone to make by simply viewing artwork. My art was intended to raise awareness and encourage people to question their decisions. After all, it only suggested that viewers could "talk about it over a burger." If you eat meat, you do more than encourage the killing of animals; you demand it.

Glen Daniel
Honours Fine Arts III

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