THE ANIMAL IS A QUEER ECOLOGY

 

 

My practice has always revolved around the animal. I operate from the position that questions of animality are not binary but rather a tangle of ecologies and richly complicated identities, framed by culture. Examining cultural representations of human animals and non-human animals is important to understanding how beings collide within cultural structures. The structures that I examine include institutional architectures, carceral spaces of domestication, gender performance, high fashion, vivisection, zoosemiotics, grooming rituals, and contemporary hunting cultures. Creating webs of references to examine the concept of the animal is a way for me to think through being as a relational, corporeal network. These queer ecologies are a mechanism to imagine flourishing beyond normative categories and taxonomies in order to recognize kinship through an embrace of multiplicity, physicality, and mutation(s).