“The animal looks at us and we are naked before it, thinking perhaps begins there.”
Jacques Derrida, The Animal that Therefore I Am, 1997
How do humans look at animals and what happens when animals look back? What is our relationship and responsibility towards nonhumans? What is the difference between human animals and non-human animals? The “question of the animal” has baffled philosophers for hundreds of years. After Descartes pronounced the animal a machine, our relationship with animals has been in flux. As an artist, I have been observing animals for decades and I still ask myself why. What is it about them that has held my interest for so many years?