West Oakland Wildife: The Coyote Series

Works from the West Oakland Wildlife reflect the ever dwindling industrial neighborhoods of West Oakland. It is an examination of the the loss of industry and manufactured goods in the United States. The Coyote Series incorporates the metaphor of the coyote, an…

Works from the West Oakland Wildlife reflect the ever dwindling industrial neighborhoods of West Oakland. It is an examination of the the loss of industry and manufactured goods in the United States. The Coyote Series incorporates the metaphor of the coyote, an animal stereotyped as a “nuisance” to the early farms of the West, a menace to the small livestock which was so vital to the livelihood of early farmsteads. In Californian native American folklore, the coyote is included as one of the creators along with the silver fox, a trickster who may make decisions based on instinct and emotions. The coyote is this spirit animal that represents that last of the West Oakland wildlife, feared, loathed and quickly dismissed as a sore in Oakland’s new visions of a tech driven, culturally-narrowed future.