- When: 2008
- Duration: 25 hours
- Style: Portrait / Mixed Media
- Location: Private Residence (San Francisco, CA)
- Commissioned by: Vernissage 2008: San Francisco Art Institute MFA Graduate Exhibit
This piece is a tribute to Tatiana. Tatiana was a friend of mine that used to live at the San Francisco Zoo. I spent a lot of time there working on a project while studying Film at SFAI entitled "Concrete Jungle Book".
Tatiana was a white tiger originally from Siberia. She first appeared at the Denver Zoo where she was abused by her alcoholic trainer. When she swiped out in defense, she was transferred to another zoo that was more supportive. Unfortunately, they could not protect her from drunk revelers who taunted her and threw rocks and bottles at her. She escaped and sought to defend herself, but she was tragically shot by the SFPD. This was a result of people reacting defensively with zero training in animal control and little to no knowledge of how to treat victims with mental difficulties or adverse childhood experiences.