Arts degree show2017

Joe Philpott

No longer passive objects in art, animals and their relational modes to humans are central to current artistic dispute.

In turn, my practice uses multimedia to produce melodramatic works that initiate conversation around the appropriation of the animal, taking into account the moral and ethical implications which define and consequently subjugate nature.

Using modelling techniques, taxidermy and casting, these fabricated three-dimensional narratives are driven by the ways in which animals are visualised in contemporary art, and within the wider cultural sphere. The varying methods of representation used provide the animal with differing degrees of cultural significance and interpretation.

These ambiguous works are both confrontational and vulnerable; moving between realism and metaphor to abruptly transcend the animal into the gallery environment.