AMBER   HAWK   SWANSON
"Amber Doll > TILIKUM: SeaWorld"
Archival Pigment Print
2013

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.)

Nearly two years after the transformation I visited Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando and observed the effects of the stresses of marine mammal captivity on his body from the glass-enclosed underwater viewing tank. I made this photograph of my tattoo of his name standing in front of him.