I am inspired by our cultures’ fascination of rare, uncultivated lifeforms, and our interpretation of animal behavior through human psychology. The eccentric and even vane personalities that obtain undomesticated species lose touch of society’s established normality in pet ownership, ultimately sacrificing standards of animal, and public welfare. The falsity of creating relationships with distant creatures is a self-fulfilling process that exceeds ordinary pets. In these so-called relations, custody is integral to one’s persona. Such co-habitations give a skewed sense of relativity I strive to convey in my artwork.
I create sculptures of species that possess traits familiar to existing animals, yet their physicality form entirely foreign creatures. Through facets of sculptures, prints, photos, and installations, my work is narrated in household, faux habitat, and make shift-jerry rigged settings which reflect the owner’s understanding of caring for species that little is known about.
It is human nature to be curious creatures. Our awareness and receptiveness to our surroundings is what makes us intelligent beings. As humans are often explorers, interaction with an unidentified species or ‘the unknown’ becomes more than a quest for knowledge. The fascination with the unknown often becomes romanticized by those in direct contact with the specimen, often blurring one’s rationality and judgment of the wild animal.