Portfolio > Concerning the Divide (2012-2020)

“The animal looks at us and we are naked before it. Thinking perhaps starts here.”
-Jacques Derrida

Is there a point where animal ends and human begins? Western philosophy suggests that the being known as “Animal” is forever positioned on the complete opposite side of the divide; a divide that reassures “Man” as superior. But, is that divide permeable? I would say yes. Nonhuman animals, especially those species that interact with us transcend that divide on a daily basis. Not human yet not animal, these species occupy a new type of existence. They are instead referred to as “Other”.

In my art, I explore the concept of the “Animal Other” as well as my relationship with them. Animals are not just beings of beauty and awe, but rather rich, complex, knowing individuals. As an artist, I feel compelled to reconstruct the human, nonhuman animal relationship as well explore our experiences with those of other species in order to examine the deep symbiotic relationship between all living creatures.

Among the Wolves
Watercolor on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Among the Wolves (Detail)
Watercolor on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Girls
Watercolor on Paper
19" x 12"
2016
Girls II
Watercolor on Paper
28.5" x 22"
2020
Girls IV
Watercolor on Paper
27.5" x 19.5"
2020
Girls III
Watercolor on Paper
19"x14.5"
2020
You Know Me
Watercolor on Paper
40" x 20"
2013
The Language of Dogs I
Watercolor on Paper
38" x 20"
2013
The Language of Dogs I (Detail)
Watercolor on Paper
2013
The Language of Dogs II
Watercolor on Paper
40" x 20"
2013
I'm Here for You
Watercolor on Paper
38" x 25"
2013
I'm Here for You (Detail)
Watercolor on Paper
38" x 25"
2013
Speak
Watercolor, Colored Penils and Ink on Paper
16" x 12"
2012
The Pack
Watercolor on Paper
36" x 24"
2012
Shannon and I
Watercolor on Paper
18" x 13"
2012
Shannon and I II
Watercolor on Paper
19" x 15"
2012
Shannon and I III
Watercolor on Paper
17.75" x 13.75"
2012
The Wheel
Gouache on Paper
12" x 16"
2020
Serenity
Watercolor on paper
22" x 30"
2020
Serenity (Detail)
Watercolor on paper
2020