Tanja Silvestrini

Picture of a person petting a person dressed as rabbit.

The Pet Shop, 2023

The artwork is exhibited in the 1st floor lobby of the Mylly building.


!Pandemic pet boom!

(And this Stooges song can’t stop playing in my head)

So messed up, I want you here
In my room, I want you here
Now we’re gonna be face-to-face
And I’ll lay right down in my favorite place

To get a pet when you’re going through a hard time can have a preventative and soothing effect. It counteracts feelings of loneliness and anxiety, and may contribute to maintaining or creating important routines that are health promoting. Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. Pet owners have lower blood pressure than those without pets. Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which make you more calm and relaxed. Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than those without pets. Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without pets. Pet owners over the age of 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

And now I wanna be your bunny
And now I wanna be your guinea pig
And now I wanna be your hamster
And now I wanna be your rat

About the artist

Artist Tanja Silvestrini was born in 1995 in Oslo, Norja.

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