Hunting the Obeast with Rachel Herrick
When you see the old-school museum-style installation "Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies", your initial reaction may be one of anger: the work includes a life-sized taxidermy-style model of an obese young woman. This is Maine College of Art (MECA) grad student Rachel Herrick's final project, and it's part social commentary, part self-portrait.
Aside from a real-life obeast "taxidermy" installation, Herrick's project has an online component as well: obeasts.org.
Rachel Herrick herself is both the male and female obeast (the female wears glasses, you see), filmed in the style of DIY nature videos. Herrick is exploring the connection that people make between weight and intelligence (i.e. the premise of every Chris Farley film).
source: NowPublic News Coverage
Obeast conservation film (08:27)
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In July 2010 obeastologists Stanley Keen and Lucy Dwight captured and tagged their first male obeast. The data collected from the animal's gps collar will provide invaluable insight on the migratory and living habits of the endangered and reclusive North American Obeast. This project (and the resulting documentary) was produced with support from the Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies.