Artist, Educator, Activist

Strange Encounters

This series explores the tension between humans and animals. Wild animals wander in a typically ‘human’ landscape—a city. The paintings juxtapose the wildness of creatures within a very structured, contained environment.

Animals and humans pass by each other, confront each other, and sometimes inhabit their own separate spheres. Each leaves, enters, or stands uncomfortably on the border between connected spaces.  

The demeanor of the soldier figure is ambiguous: he may or may not have a capacity for empathy. This raises questions of human brutality and to our experience of the ‘other,’ whether human or animal. When soldiers dominate a city, it is usually a sign the city is no longer safe.