This series was inspired by the topic of animism, which is in itself an anthropological construct. Having an animistic sensibility means you attribute sentience to a wide range of beings, not only humans. The Modernist view deemed it to be the inverse of scientism and therefore inherently invalid, whilst more currently, postmodern anthropologists are increasingly engaging with the concept. In my opinion it is less an ideology and more an ontological stance - a style of engaging with the world and the beings that populate it. As an ontology, animism blends and blurs with other ontologies, opening it up to contradictions, humour, imagination, inspiration, and reflexive awareness - making it rich ground for artistic research.
MUSSEL PEARL. Fine Art print on Hahnemühle bamboo matt paper. 570mmx760mm
SNAKE EAR. Fine Art print on Hahnemühle bamboo matt paper. 570mmx760mm