"Tar and Feathers" (1996)

"Tar and Feathers," 1996
Tree, wooden base, tar, feathers, and various taxidermic animals, 102 x 40 inches (diameter)
Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

"With some of my work, you can sense that it has a pretty dark tone. As much as I’m engaged in a discourse that is ecological, I’m not one of those artists who is spending a lot of time imagining a better ecological future. I’m more the kind of artist who is holding up a mirror to the present and to the kinds of problems that we have right now. As much as I would like to have amore utopian sensibility, my sensibility tends to the dystopian, to the dark side."

- Mark Dion