Dogs: ‘Speak Up’


I left the texture on the face of this wire-haired dachshund intentionally rough, almost ‘out of focus’. When a dog is barking, the noise is penetrating and disturbing to human observers. Much like when we shout at dogs, communication often breaks down when the other is so forceful.

This is the start of a series of personal works with dogs as my subject – the animal species that humans have the most intimate relationship with. This sculpture formed part of my exhibition at the annual Kunst in Sendling event that took place in October 2019, in Munich, Germany.

A dogs advanced social skills mean that they carry great social and symbolic weight in society.
For me it is more personal. I don’t want to project exaggerated human feelings onto them, but rather consider their own subjectivity. To recognise that within the companionship between a human and a dog we find, not just a shared language, but also the mutual creation of self.

Medium: Concrete, Length: 450mm