This is a detail of Hector Castells Matutano’s installation currently on show at The Royal College of Art (finishing 1st July 2012). It features a stuffed fox seemingly strangled by a strip of film, the legs twisted and contorted into a hideously unnatural position. An image of an animal broken, tortured and strangled, as property, as art. At least that is how it appeared to me. I contacted Matutano and tried to set up an email interview to find out more about his work but I received no reply to my questions. Just that he studied biology before art.

Hector Castells Matutano

RCA current graduates also include Lily Cain who displayed dead butterflies as art, pinned to a board with images on them. She was also unavailable for comment. I understand that my blog is dedicated to anti-speciesism and critical from the off, of artists who use animals in their work, but I’m still a little surprised that so few artists and curators are prepared to answer the questions I send to them. During my time at the RCA – only last year – considering difficult questions about your work was seen as a major part of developing as an artist.

Lily Cain