Ann-Marie Tully, Heads you win, tails you loose (detail), 2014. Fox
fur shawl & specimen box. 500mm x 250mm.
Heads you win, tails you loose (2014), employs two fur shawls made of multiple animals to reflect on the reduction of animal beings into objects in human material culture. The idiomatic title 'heads you win, tails you loose' points to the further 'cheapening' of animal life evident in language where references to violence committed against animals is often employed as a metaphor for human situations.
Works such as Dumb Valet (2013), Cat of nine lives (2013), and Heads you win, tails you loose (2014), employ real fur objects, such as toys and clothing; and decorative furnishings that mimic animal features, such as ball and claw furniture. These assemblages/installations reflect on the reduction of animal beings into objects in human mate- rial culture.