While it's perfecting fine for the work of artist Ryohei Hase to disturb you, it's important to push past the preliminary feelings of fear and move towards understanding the message behind. This is easier said than done, as Hase's work is quite obscure in nature and tough to decode.
With that said, the latest works by the artist are somewhat cannibalistic; the pack of swine surrounding a roasted pig and the human-animal cow that's drinking a glass of milk all symbolize far more than meets the eye. There's definitely something at play regarding the industrialized farming complex that is hard to ignore. Perhaps the violent chicken illustration is pecking away at the moral fabric that we take for granted as the foundation for a food system that just isn't sustainable.
Petrifying Animal Portraits (UPDATE)
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