Erica Gajewski

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Skill in living, awareness of belonging to the world, delight in being part of the world, always tends to involve knowing our kinship as animals with animals. 

Ursula K. Le Guin - Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet 

We - all of us on Terra - live in disturbing times, mixed up times, troubling and turbid times. The task is to become capable, with each other in all of our bumptious kinds, of response. Mixed-up times are overflowing with both pain and joy - with vastly unjust patterns of pain and joy, with unnecessary killing of ongoingness but also with necessary resurgence.

Donna Haraway - Staying with the Trouble

My work documents and highlights the lives of other animals, looking at the complex and significant ways in which we, humans, are bound and entangled together with them.

Animals have figured prominently in images painted on the walls of ancient caves by our human ancestors. From this point onward they have been visual themes for human societies throughout the world. Our representations archive our thoughts and unearth a variety of frameworks that expose our cultural interpretations, observations, stories, beliefs, and assumptions about their lives and who we think they are. Conveying themes of magical integration, balanced existence, subjugation, exploitation, sentimental attachment and marginalization, among others, our depictions represent shifting relationships with them over time. 

Through conceptually driven works, from drawings to paintings, soft sculpture and land based art projects, I seek to understand and honour the lives of other animals. It is each animal as an individual that I want people to see and to remember. As our lives are intricately interconnected, our futures joint, I wonder what kinds of alliances and what kinds of response will sustain our earthly survival?