inarticulations on human-animal relations
This exhibition opens on Friday, February 1st, 7:00 PM
Exhibition runs through Sunday, February 24th, 2013
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm
Ba_ble is a mixed media exhibition that explores the varied and sometimes difficult connections humans have with animals. UVic doctoral student and artist Connie Morey aims to inspire viewers to ask their own questions about these complex and multi-faceted relationships.
“Our interconnections with animals are in the news all the time. From the XL foods plant crisis, which put slaughter-houses in the spotlight, to the recent controversy in the CRD over urban deer, we are constantly required to consider our viewpoints about animals and our responsibilities in relation to them,” says Morey. “It is particularly interesting to me that not all cultures think the same way about animal/human coexistence and that our relationships with animals not only reflect our cultural perceptions towards animals but also our views towards nature and, in turn, ourselves. With this exhibit, I hope that people will join me in considering the intricacy of these relationships that are a key part of our shared existence on the planet.”
Ba_ble will feature two and three dimensional works that position animals as sources of immense inspiration to humans, subjects of scientific research, providers of nourishment, objects of factory farming, and as pets or companions. Through her work, Morey takes her questioning a step further, evoking animals as human and humans as animal.
“Small Bird Trap, detail”
Connie Morey is an art education doctoral student, artist and teacher at the University of Victoria. Her doctoral research focuses on the ecological foundations of imagination and is inspired by the writings of West Coast philosopher and poet Jan Zwicky.