Face to Face

Dover, Barbara (2007) Face to Face. [Creative Work]

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[Extract] The Face to Face series of works reflect the intensity and intimacy of people and their pets.

Research Statement

Research Background Developing on my continuing and predominant interst in our attitudes to and relationships with non-human animals is an interrogation of the relations and interchanges between humans and their companion animals, particularly as expressed through the reciprocal gaze. Mu work touches upon our ethical and moral responsibility towards animals, where animals' lives matter and their needs considered. I am concerned with visualising animal-human encounters that are uncompromised and easthetic and which shift the more conventional boundaries between animals and humans.
Research Contribution The Face to Face series of works reflects the intensity and intimacy of people and their pets. The unique relationship that humans share with domesticated animals involves non-verbal communication as well as verbal interaction. I am particularly interested in how people and their non-human companions enact non-verbally, through the mutual gaze. In this returned gaze, the animal and human look at each other with gaze which, rather than being proprietorial, spectatorial, or subjugated from the human towards the animal are unmistakeably reciprocal and participatory between the animal and human. The essence of such mutuality, sharing, participation and connection creates a context of care and responsibility, a context appropriate to the visual exploration of the animal-human relationship.
Item ID: 28243
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: Giclee Print
Keywords: art exhibition
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This piece was displayed at the Eye to Eye exhibition held from September 8 to November 11 2007, Dubbo Regional Gallery

Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 23:33
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