Photo Gallery: Abandoned Full Poo Bags, Winter 2013-14

ARTIST’S STATEMENT: My work photographing full dog waste bags left lying around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake continues. As I get deeper into the work, I find myself feeling that it is less about the dog excrement, and more about the execreble humans who feel entitled to bag their dogs’ waste without discarding it. Though meaning, of course, is in the eye of the beholder. What do YOU see?

R. Malley


The slashing diagonal is evocative of the wounds I imagine myself inflicting on poo bag litterers with my replica katana sword.The acorns and leaves connote new beginnings. The knot on the poo bag symbolizes our inability to free ourselves from living amongst thoughtless cretins.What can I say? Sometimes even I get caught up in a sense of lighthearted whimsy, as with this mirthful work.
As a counterpoint to the previous image, here I see only sadness and death.