In our contemporary world animals are subjected to countless acts of violence that are both culturally and legally approved, ranging from intensive agricultural systems to mass extinction through human activities. Industrialisation, domestication and capitalism have augmented human detachment from animals, arriving at a point where they are perpetually objectified and commonly regarded as commodities for human consumption.

 

Using Sculpture and installation my work confronts anthropocentric activity and human/animal relationships. By combining industrial materials with organic materials I explore ways to demonstrate and convey human detachment from animals. Through this combination of materials I aim to bring the physical reality and materiality of death to the fore, whilst also signalling towards the human inclination for manipulating and objectifying animals. The placement of objects and the different components within the work facilitate an opportunity for dialogue, but can also accentuate absence to convey a sense of mourning or suggest traces of past lives.

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My practice is the result of interdisciplinary research, drawing on philosophical literature about embodied and emotional existence, and focusing on our complex relationship with animals. The work aims to act as a dysfunctional mirror in the stymied attempt of trying to see ourselves - by confronting the duality of nature and culture, and highlighting the disparity of attitudes between species I aim to disrupt the benign lack of awareness that sustains and enables our comfortable lives.