NOTE: "I Am Your Plaything" was originally going
to be employed as the front of the postcard to promote the second
installment of "The Vivisect Playset", a show I curated
featuring artists who regularly employ animals in their art to illustrate
the human condition. Gallery
the show, and though my plans fell through, I feel that this painting
suited the shows name nicely.
Also, due to the reduced size of the image, some people seem to be under the impression that the bear is holding a pen, and that the lettering is inked. What I was really trying to illustrate is the bear holding an X-Acto® knife, and the words actually being cut into his chest. Here's a link to a DETAIL OF THE PAINTING. After seeing it up close, I don't think there should be any question concerning the bears motives