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Artist Statement


 

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My work expands over many mediums such as performance, sculpture and photography, as well as experimenting with different materials. Looking at the modern day hybrid, by developing ideas of becoming human and anthropomorphism, within today's art scene. My work is about exploring the diverse relationships between human and animal. Throughout my practice I have been intrigued with how I can interpret animal behaviour within my work. Seeing how our relationships with animals can be changed through various interactions, whether intended or subconscious. Including aspects of interaction both physical and emotional between two species. I’ve constantly been fascinated by using animals as my main material in my work, and have become captivated with how I can integrate dead or alive animals, as inspiration for my practice. I’m also interested in using animal skins through methods of taxidermy, as well as sometimes using animal skins included in sculpture or performance.

 

The performative elements of my work allows the audience to either, interact with, or become unsettled by the half human, half animal they are faced with. There is a sense of the uncanny, which is carried throughout my current works. Seeing what we are familiar with, yet a new relationship is formed. This is explored through notions of interspecies relationships and how we perceive them in the twenty first century. The animals in each piece develop a unique narrative, whether through a characters’ background story, or through the body language and interaction, conveyed during each performance. Some of my current works have references to narratives such as Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’, and there also lies an interest in Beatrix Potter. For me the costume for my performances allows a barrier to be crossed, which allows me to communicate with the public in a new way. The variety of animals I use, develops from the local animals and issues surrounding local wildlife, my aim is to make the public focus on these issues and insert a new conversation between the community and these animals.

 

The material element to each costume is considered and is meant to feel not quite right, by combining incongruous materials and forms to confuse or unsettle what we are used to seeing in day-to-day life. The documentation of each work is equally as important as the actual performance, allowing viewers to question the interactions seen in each still. Also allowing the images to carry some ambiguity for the viewer, allowing them to animate the character further themselves. I’m interested to experiment further with different materials and the more incongruous and unusual the better. Looking at the blurred distinctions between human and animal and how in today’s society we are all animal hybrids in one form or another.