Elizabeth Keithline

Only The Strong Survive

The installation Only The Strong Survive focuses on how human self-extension affects the animal kingdom. It features a group of full-scale, woven wire animals facing off against a wire ’69 Dodge Charger.

Gallery view of the rear of the 1969 Dodge Charger with a group of wire animals in front of it
Detail of the group of animals — An aardvark, dog, ducks, horse, and a wild boar

In the last hundred years, human beings have developed a reliance on the gasoline engine that was largely helpful until scientists confirmed the threat of global warming. Only The Strong Survive asks — What is strength now? What happens to us if the dependence that we’ve created shifts and begins to destroy us? Are animals, with their ability to replicate and to quickly return to the earth when they die, actually “stronger” than cars?

Only The Strong Survive was shown at Wheaton College in 2013 and at Umass Amherst in 2014. Photo credits: Michele L’Heureux and Peter Goldberg.