“Wild Things”: Artist Statement

photo (1)I am fascinated with the way in which people assign human behaviors and characteristics to animals like wolves, rabbits, and other animals. We often associate ourselves with attributes like cleverness and laziness, and sometimes we apply animalistic characteristics to ourselves or our daily habits. For instance, some days I consider myself a “lone wolf.” Animals have their own set of behavioral patterns that are needed for survival.  It is comical that we anthropomorphize animal behavior in this way.

The colors are meant to be bright, making the pictures more cartoonish.  Each printed image is detailed and stylistically in the same genre.  They are also humorous,exaggerated and comical connecting with the ridiculous associations we apply to animals.  The blue paper used connects depth and stability in mind and body and how these prints indicate a lack of stability.  Our insecurities as people are imposed on animals that have natural behavioral pattern and norms.  Each print is cut into organic oval-like shapes that are reminiscent of medallions.  The view wears these characteristics around their necks as a badge showing that we, as people, are not stable.

I created color schemes that relate to the themes of each anthropomorphic animal.  The firstPrimpin' Like a Peacock print, Party Animal, pokes fun at the concept of wildness and how we associate it with the wolf although he is organized and intelligent. The print also juxtaposes the themes of innocence and wickedness,  which is why pink, blue, white, and black were used.  The pink, white, and blue are babyish colors associated with infancy, while the black covers it and adds detail that is aggressive. 

The second print, Primping like a Peacock, is connected to gendered norms and the juxtaposition of femininity and masculinity.   Although peacocks are male they are often associated with women, beauty, and high maintenance.  The peacock’s most significant colors are blue, green, and gold. The colors point to the bright vibrant color of the bird and its association with female beauty but the subject itself assumes a masculine persona.   

FullSizeRenderThe Last Print, Hoarding Nuts, addresses neurosis and how a behavior that is crazy for a human, hoarding tons of belongings, is a survival tactic for the squirrel and a positive trait.  For humans, hoarding is a psychological imbalance cause by trauma but for a squirrel it is the difference between life and death. The squirrel’s promenade colors are orange and brown. The orange is bright and unstable while the brown is solid and heavy. The squirrel connects to brown, it is consistent and earthy, while the orange connects to man.  The need for things makes us frantic and panicked.  The orange connects with personal instability. 

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“Wild Things”: Artist Statement

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