Alessandra Exposito... Kitty Bean (2005, mixed media on cat skull). From Beloved Pets by Alessandra Exposito. "... The hen has been central to the iconography of my paintings. My fascination with this animal has evolved from exploring it as a two-dimensional subject to using it as the medium itself. My bejeweled chicken skulls interplay the image of the hen and all her connotations with the rugged machismo associated with large, exotic, mounted game. In this body of work I appropriate trendy and clichéd accoutrements of femininity, exploiting the color pink and using rhinestones as accents. In a new installation, I have broadened my vocabulary to construct a 'trophy wall' of farm animals and domestic pets."