Arts and Sciences
Digital Media Arts
In a world where so many people live, how is it possible that they are three times the amount of chickens? What kind of people raise these beautiful animals and take so much pride in the daily tasks to take care of them? With curiosity being the driving force, I explored chickens of all different natures in the Northwest Indiana region. Some of the birds were raised for the resources they can provide, some for the learning opportunities that come with raising a living thing, and some for the idea of pride and sport. Pecking Order is a body of work that embodies these ideas and how I chose to learn about them and teach others through a documentary style of photography using large format film and printing by hand in the darkroom. When the audience looks at my images, I hope they see an honest encounter of myself with my subjects as I tried to immerse myself into the world to capture these moments in time to make sense of it all. There is so much to be learned about these creatures and the people who raise them, and I wanted to tell their story.
Kutemeier, Andrea, "Pecking Order" (2020). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 902.