“Ecce Animal” by the artist Diddo is either a brilliant commentary on mankind’s fatalistic instinct to self-destruct, or a giant waste of some really good blow. Either way, into it. According to his bio, Diddo focuses on “conceptual art,” which sounds about right since there’s nothing more concept-y than taking a drug that has been directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people, and molding it into the universal symbol of death. According to his site, the skull is made from “Compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin.” It also comes with poem, posted below, which we’re not going bother decoding because fuck it, we’ll ask him ourselves. *Sending email now
Once we were animals.
Like any other, we lived in an environment of fear and want.
Then, we became ‘human’ and aspired to be better.
We learned to control our environment but the fear stayed,
because we never learned to control ourselves.
It is frightening to look at the face of our animal side laid bare
by comfortable excess; the spoils of its aggression.
But what exactly is it about this image that is so confronting?
Is it this division in our idea of self?
Or is it a realization that though we have mastered the outside world,
we will always remain subservient to our inner selves.