AMBER   HAWK   SWANSON
"Amber Doll > TILIKUM: Pin Up"
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Archival Pigment Print
2012

I transformed my identical, life-like sex doll into a replica of the bull orca, Tilikum, who lives in captivity at SeaWorld Orlando and has been involved in the deaths of three people.

Read the "Amber Doll > TILIKUM" Project Statement
More information on "Amber Doll > TILIKUM" can be found at blog.amberhawkswanson.com.

See Performance here.

See Sculpture here.

A 5 Minute Excerpt of the tattoo process is here. (Full Livestream available here.)

For the reasons outlined in my Amber Doll > TILIKUM blog post about the stresses of captivity for marine mammals—even if SeaWorld were willing—Tilikum is not a candidate for reentering the ocean on his own.

He was originally captured in waters near Berufjörður off the east coast of Iceland in November 1983 at about two years of age. (Born in August 1980, I am the same approximate age as Tilikum.) As I describe in my letter to Amber Doll, I will take (my replica of) Tilikum to Berufjörður as a gesture toward the re-entry that is not possible.

As a first step toward our joint travel, I visited a fjord about a thirty minute drive from Berufjörður to make this photograph of the waters where he was taken captive. I also made a follow-up "Amber Doll > TILIKUM" pin up.
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