Reading Animal Theory to Animals (2017-18)

300 dpi Dog

Reading Susan McHugh’s ‘Dog’ to Oscar

Still image, 2018

 

At an animal studies conference in March 2017 I noticed that although discussions were of the subjects being sentient and cognate, the delivery was for humans alone. Essentially, animals have no opportunity to understand the theories written about them, and so I have become  engaged in artwork to address that situation. Since that conference I have been reading animal theory to the domestic three, dogs, cats and horses, to provide an opportunity for them to hear (and I hope understand) the  writings of which they are the subjects.