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How can I miss you if I don't know you're there?

By Sarah Lisbeth Stringam and University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Fine Arts


How Can I Miss You if I Don’t Know You’re There? is an MFA thesis project that addresses the inevitable contradictions and tensions inherent in human/animal relationships. This work is a series of sculptural pieces installed using the tropes of museological methods of display and classification. Concentrating on invertebrates, I engage concepts like empathy, care and mothering in the context of these vilified subjects, contrary to the dominant dualisms characterized by Western, Christian, capitalist culture that hierarchize species. As I explore my entanglement with nonhuman others, attempts to convey affection blur with acts of unintentional subjugation as I implicate myself in the precarious balance between care and harm with respect to the use of living and dead organisms

Topics: animals in art, human/animal relationships, invertebrates, liminal space, non-human organisms on display, species hierarchies
Publisher: Department of Art
Year: 2017
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