In 2004 TINKEBELL. made a purse out of her dearest cat Pinkeltje. Pinkeltje was a 'depressed cat' who couldnt be left at home alone. By killing her and making her into a purse, TINKEBELL. could carry her always with her.
In 2005 TINKEBELL. was asked to present a D.I.Y. 'workshop' during the 'Biggest Visual Power Show' in Paradiso, Amsterdam (N.L.) and at the same time she published a website online with this same manual. Later she presented the same workshop during The Biggest Visual Power Show in Eindhoven (NL), Zolverein (DE) and L.A. (U.S.)
The extensive attention her project 'My dearest cat Pinkeltje' received from activists and the media demonstrates that this approach certainly meets with its share of resistance. In this project, she killed her cat with own hands and then had it stuffed and made into a hand bag as a product for consumption, thereby directly bridging the gap between house pet and animal for consumption/production and thus painfully bringing the matter to light. A collection of the threats generated by this and other projects was later published in the book 'Dearest TINKEBELL,'.
Her email address: email@example.com
the PETITION: http://www.petitiononline.com/183/petition.html
Tinkebell in Rotterdam in 2008Looove Tinkebell...Source: http://www.looovetinkebell.com/pages/tinkebell
TINKEBELL. provokes by exemplifying the blind spots of modern society. She confronts a public that revels in being indignant about everything that has nothing to do with them, but at the same time is very apologetic about their own actions. She questions why millions of male chicks are brutally killed every day (often by throwing them against the walls of a barn) but she gets arrested for threatening to do the same in public. Why are people who openly discuss the lowering of the sexual age of consent treated as vile pedophiles, but are 'barely 18' websites intensely popular?
By turning her own cat into a handbag she tries to show people their own hypocrisy about the use of animals for consumption and leather production. If anything, her works form a extreme incentive for the discussion of our morals and the way society is developing.
These actions often leave her with a lot of negative feedback. From all corners of the web people have used the relative anonimity of the internet to send her the most foul death wishes. Fascinated by the enormous anger and cruelty of these messages, she tried to find the people behind them. To her surprise these were ordinary people living ordinary lives. For these people the internet was a faceless funnel for their anger, a one-click way of justifying their indignance. TINKEBELL's reaction to this flood of hatemail was publicizing a book, called 'dearest TINKEBELL,', in wich she identifies these anonimous criticasters. In this way she defies the awkward position of an artiston the internet. She no longer is just the reciever of all this faceless anger, but takes charge in responing to it.
Looove Tinkebell. ~ "Brutus"Source: http://www.looovetinkebell.com/pages/brutus
"Brutus" is a work in the Baby Bunnies series by TINKEBELL.
The Baby Bunnies series provides an analysis of the consumptive attitude that (post)modern man has taken on in relation to pets.The pet is developing from 'man's best friend' into a completely commodified article of consumption.