|I curated the exhibition “Tiger love and other animal stories” as a response to Yann Martel's novel, "Life of Pi." The exhibition was presented at Galerie Nota Bene in Montreal in conjunction with an associated eBay auction and a website, which served as alternative exhibition venues. Please see the website for more information. >
The earliest human urge to make pictures resulted in charging animals recorded on the walls of caves. The grand tradition of romantic painting focused animal love on rearing horses and dogs of the hunt. Current popular animal images present tigers on velvet, animals playing cards and airbrushed kittens on sweatsuits. Can our adoration of wild animals be depicted in our images of them? This project is a call to portray the love, curiosity or ambiguous feelings inspired by animals both wild and those closer to home.
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