Series I: Animals

Two by two, animals are paired for breeding based on selected genetic traits. The animals in this series are portrayed in the midst of mating rituals: simultaneously intimate yet violent, their behavior satisfies their wild dispositions. Coerced by restraining devices, the animals convey the role of human intervention in nature’s course.

For this series, I researched how each species is captured in the wild and brought into captivity, which dictated the restraining devices I incorporated into several of the images. For example, when giraffes are caught in the wild, captors tape their ears and eyes to disorient them while they are transported into captivity; this is not a breeding technique, but rather a method to induce submission. When added to the posture of the mating ritual it asks us to consider the various ways that humans impact natural evolution.

Untitled (zebras) | 2006 | charcoal on paper | 45” x 93”

Untitled (zebras) | 2006 | charcoal on paper | 45” x 93”

 

CLICK IMAGES FOR SLIDESHOW  From left: Untitled (zebra genealogy tree) | 2007 | charcoal on paper, eleven drawings | 15” x 18” each, installation dimensions variable; Untitled (flamingos) | 2006 | charcoal on paper | 78” x 45”; Untitled (zebras) | 2006 | charcoal on paper | 45” x 93”; Untitled (elephants) | 2006 | charcoal on paper | 93″ x 45″; Untitled (lions) | 2006 | charcoal on paper | 45″ x 108″; Untitled (giraffes) | 2006 | charcoal on paper | 104″ x 45″; Untitled (macaques) | 2007 | charcoal on paper | 68″ x 45″; Untitled (pandas) | 2007 | charcoal on paper | 74″ x 45″

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