I was very excited to be part of the 2019 Kunst in Sendling event in Munich, Germany.
Over a week end in October, workshops and studios all over Sendling were opened to the public, giving individual artists the opportunity to exhibit their work.
The artworks I exhibited are from a series of personal works with dogs as my subject – the animal species that humans have the most intimate relationship with.
Dogs are highly socially skilled animals. The result of centuries of domestication, they are also the animal species that have best learnt to recognise, and pay attention to human social signals. They have developed a sensitivity to the nature of humans and yearn for social bonds with us, often above their own kind.
Ironically, because dogs adapt so well to our world, we often fail to recognise their reality. We refer to them in human terms and attribute human emotions to their actions. As a result, we overlook that they are creatures with their own internal worlds, with an independent self.
Within the quest to discover our place on earth, we are puzzled to understand our relation to other animals. Ironically, “man’s best friend” offers us a chance to bridge our self-created divide. By acknowledging their dog nature, and that they are equally sentient creatures, we can attempt to develop our side of the understanding between two beings.
My sculptures explore the unique relationship that can exist between a dog and its human. As I sculpt each, I work to understand their individual nature and to portray this realistically. The focus of each work is however the connection between two beings. In this companionship, we find not just a shared emotional language, but also the mutual creation of self.