Parker Thornton, MFA 2020

Animus uses dark humor to investigate the uneasy intimacy of the modern relationship between human bodies and nature. The work includes photographs, short stories, edible sculptures, and appropriated video footage from voyeuristic animal livestream websites, as well as trees, boulders, and logs “skinned” using latex. Loosely based on the Greek myths portrayed in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the work explores the erotics of power. 

Materials and methods include: latex; camel hair; burned wood; ivy; moss; textile; rendered animal fat; birdseed; trail camera surveillance photography; footage from livestream cameras in animal sanctuaries; archival inkjet prints; and laser-etched lucite.