In the Garden
Animal bodies are often distilled into symbolism, coming to represent many aspects of our human selves. These works explore our relationship with animals as symbols, juxtaposed against our discomfort with our own animal bodies. Themes of order, cultivation and a spectrum of distance and opposition are explored, contrasted against a visualization of the ways in which we are woven together with creatures unlike ourselves. I use acrylic paint, pencil crayon, watercolour, and ink to create a varied sense of mark that encompasses both order, and chaos. With the contrasting media and subject matter, I endeavour to explore our relationships with animals as symbols, in addition to the practical interdependency and connection we cannot ignore.