In the classic essay "Why Look at Animals?" John Berger examines the relationship between humans and animals and speculates that “…the first m… Read More
In the classic essay "Why Look at Animals?" John Berger examines the relationship between humans and animals and speculates that “…the first metaphor was animal.” In that spirit, my work features portraits of Beau, an eleven-year-old basset hound - my muse and model. Though dogs are always "other", they are also vehicles for our emotional and psychological projections. In making these images, I am honoring our bond while also acknowledging the gulf between human and canine. This tension drives the series.
The images are based on my numerous candid photographs of Beau. After establishing the composition, I leave the photo behind and the drawing process takes over, mapping a range of formal and expressive states through marks, value, form and space. Looking at the theme of artist and model from a contemporary perspective, I seek the tenuous relationship between presence and absence, love and mortality. Read Less