EXHIBITIONS

Strangers of Commanding

Aspect

2015

 

A series of paintings and drawings that explore how we relate to other animals.

What lies bubbling beneath consciousness, presses up against the resistance to knowing and feeling, causing unexplained anxieties. Without the guidance of feeling, we'reregularly destructive toward beings with whom we've ceased to empathise and whose welfare is wholly dependant on our compassion and better judgement. I have been preoccupied for many years with this denial of feeling and knowing, and the projection that is a core mechanism within emotional denial.

                                                B A

“They said, ‘It is they in those cattle-cars rattling past.’ They did not say, ‘How would it be if it were I in that cattle-car?’ They did not say, ‘It is I who am in that cattle car.’ They said, ‘It must be the dead who are being burnt today, making the air stink and falling in ash on my cabbages.’ They did not say, ‘How would it be if I were burning?’ They did not say, ‘I am burning, I am falling in ash.’  In other words, they closed their hearts. The heart is the seat of a faculty, sympathy. that allows us to share at times the being of another. … There are people who have the capacity to imagine themselves as someone else, there are people who have no such capacity (when the lack is extreme, we call them psychopaths), and there are people who have the capacity but choose not to exercise it. “

                J.M.Coetzee – The Lives of Animals

 

We are friends, my dogs and I, in spite of evolutionary discontinuity and because of evolutionary continuity."

      Dale Peterson - The Moral Lives of Animals 2011

 

 

Strangers of Commanding Aspect
Strangers of Commanding Aspect

Acrylic on plywood panel 61 X 50.7 X 2cm

Draping the Horse I
Draping the Horse I

Acrylic on plywood panel 61 X 50.7 X 2cm 2014

Draping the Horse II
Draping the Horse II

Acrylic on plywood panel 61 X 50.7 X 2cm 2014

In Which the Horse ...
In Which the Horse ...

Full title: In Which the Horse Plays the Straight Man II 2014 Acrylic on plywood panel 50.7 X 40.5 X 2cm

In Which the Horse ...
In Which the Horse ...

Full title: In Which the Horse Plays the Straight Man II 2014 Acrylic on plywood panel 50.7 X 40.5 X 2cm

Saint
Saint

Acrylic on Paper 76.4 X 56.6cm

Beast Dead II
Beast Dead II

Acrylic on plywood panel 61 X 76 X 5cm

Dog in Water
Dog in Water

Watercolour on paper 210 X 148mm 2014

Beast on Blue
Beast on Blue

Watercolour on paper 210 X 148mm 2014