The Emotional Animal
Animals are our bond to nature and are all around us -- they are a part of our daily lives whether in our homes or in the wild. Animal inspirations abound in literature and in the visual arts and are often used anthropomorphically to reveal, reflect and elaborate upon our own human nature. From prehistory to the conceptual works of Damien Hirst's sharks in tanks, artists have used animals as symbols and sources of inspiration and metaphor. In 2019, Clay Art Center will feature Animal Instinct, a year-long focus that will offer exhibitions, community arts programming and symposia. The third core exhibit in this series of events will be a national juried exhibition entitled “The Emotional Animal” to be curated by California artist, Crystal Morey. Submissions of sculptural works will be judged on the capacity to express human emotion using animal imagery. Works will be displayed at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY from July 27 – September 14, 2019. Deadline to apply is April 8, 2019.
Guest curator Crystal Morey states, “From the beginning of human expression we have found emotional connection and understanding in the world through the animals around us. We see this narrative from early cave painting to animation, primal hunting to genetic engineering, from fierce predators to domestic companions. This theme invites an exploration of the animal kingdom through the artistic voices of today, as an expression of instinct, contemplation, and emotion in our collective experience.” –Crystal Morey