I find the animal condition both disturbing and intriguing—our insensitivity to animals raised in captivity, versus the pampering of our pets.
The work in this exhibition, Forget Me Not, centers on how casually we forget our fellow animals. Animals exist behind the scenes both figuratively—convenient lies covering the reality—and in real life, where it’s even dangerous for human animals to risk exposing what goes on with animals in entertainment, scientific testing, meat and dairy agribusiness, hunting and in the fashion industry.
My painting, Forget Me Not—that this exhibition is named after—is painted as a floorcloth. We can walk all over these animals, or we can heed their plea to not forget them. We've been deluded into thinking there are degrees of sentience. I try to show the individual, who if we look and see, we’d quickly agree there are no degrees of sentience.