Social Animals

Social Animals was created as part of the 2021 Terrain Biennial Evanston under the theme “Stay In Touch.”

Even when we can’t be close together, our dogs keep us connected. We wave to familiar dogs and owners. We yell small talk to each other while our dogs bark and yank their leashes. We look suspiciously and cross the street when approaching unfamiliar dogs/owners.

And our dogs seem desperate to engage with each other. Whether for play or more contentious discussions, they are eager to join in.

So dogs appear to be the perfect metaphor for our struggle to connect over the past two years.

“Social Animals” features three dogs of various breeds and sizes placed in connection with each other. Arranged in a conversation pit approximately 6 feet apart and connected by a twine leash, they represent our best efforts to be together.

 

Great Dane:
54” x 44”
Cardboard, aluminum foil, paper mache, PCV pipe, spray paint, polyurethane varnish, wood base

Pug:
22” x11”
Cardboard, aluminum foil, paper mache, spray paint, polyurethane varnish, wood base

Beagle:
22” x12”
Cardboard, aluminum foil, paper mache, spray paint, polyurethane varnish, wood base

 

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After two months outside surviving the elements, the Social Animals were invited to be “greeters” at the Evanston Made Holiday Market.

On the last day of the Market I hung signs around their necks that said they were available for adoption and watched as they each went off to new homes!