B E S T I A R Y
MFA Solo Exhibition, 2018
Tandem Press Apex Gallery
B E S T I A R Y
Frogman's Print Workshop
Graduate Student Scholarship Exhibition, 2018
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Weber Fine Arts, Hexagon Gallery
Two of the 16 small (under 16x20") Black & White, prints for Bestiary, my Solo MFA Thesis Exhibition (originally exhibited at the Tandem Press Apex Gallery and is now traveling). These prints serve as psychological investigates of the creatures they depict.
The Body Grows Outside: A Fox, too smart for his own good, is depicted tangled up in a swarm of rats. His cunning wits debilitate him as he overthinks the possibility of devouring his prey (the rabbits). The rats hold the fox back, both physically and metaphorically, they simultaneously depict the foxes desire to help himself by feeding himself, but the knowledge that by doing so, he will end the life of his prey. The rats here have been chosen specifically because of their similarity to the foxes prey, the rabbit, yet their much more negative connotation. The rats act as a pack-rat / rat-pack, entangling the fox.
Nature the Gentlest Mother: A large, beastly, dangerous boar is depicted nursing her pups. While boars are typically thought to be such negative creature, European Rennaisance symbolgoy would lead one to understand that they traditionally represent nurture, motherhood, and fertility. She is depicted here nursing her pups in order for the viewer to be able to take a second look and understand this complex duality.
2-Color / 2-Run Lithographs, Printed on Johannot (240gsm, 75% Cotton, Acid Free) Printmaking Paper.