Stock Split depicts a moment of vulnerability for both the mother and calf. The cow, branded and with clipped horns is complacent, submitting to its fate. The calf's sex, therefore its future is yet unknown to us; either way it is a moment of prosperity, the investment in livestock is doubling its worth. The golden calf heeds a warning to be skeptical of believing in things of our own making. Playing God over our resources—isolating them for efficiency and economy—makes them vulnerable indeed.