Category Archives: Images

Reading Animal Theory to Animals (2017-18)

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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.

Santa Dogs 2917 (single screen online edit)

Betty Blizen & Blue Cracker and Reg Harley Kitty & Rufus Mike Oscar Polly Ruby

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Santa Dogs

Video and installation stills, 2017

 

Shown split across two monitors ‘In the Window’ at Airspace Gallery (Stoke on Trent UK) as part of the exhibition Documents, Alternatives #1. This exhibition I curated ran 17 November – 16 December 2017. The original two monitor version was made specifically for the exhibition at Airspace.

This single screen version is intended for online purposes. Follow the link: Santa Dogs 2017

366: 366 (eventually)

Bartram

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50 of 366 prints from the plate ‘366 Breaths’ installed at Airspace as part of Documents, Alternatives (#1) 2017

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61 of 366 prints from the plate ‘366 Breaths’ installed at Airspace as part of Documents, Alternatives (#1) 2017

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Detail of number 1 of 366 prints from the plate ‘366 Breaths’ installed at Airspace as part of Documents, Alternatives (#1) 2017

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Detail of number 21 of 366 prints from the plate ‘366 Breaths’ installed at Airspace as part of Documents, Alternatives (#1) 2017

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Detail of number 61 of 366 prints from the plate ‘366 Breaths’ installed at Airspace as part of Documents, Alternatives (#1) 2017

For the leap year of 2016 I exhaled on an etching plate every day. 366 breaths layered on the same surface, in the same place, and at roughly the same time. The accumulative breaths charted the process of isolating and capturing those layered singular exhalations, and now the act is being reversed through repetitive laborious methods. ‘366:366 (eventually)’ is a work in process, a series of prints made from the etched plate to match the number of breaths which scored it’s image. The work is unfinished and in a state of process itself, growing as more prints are added during its time in a gallery,  reaching the full 366 eventually. But will come later, elsewhere, for the work leaves the  gallery as much in process as when it entered until it is complete. 

Etchings, 2017-18