“All earthlings are kin in the deepest sense, and it is past time to practice better care of kinds-as-assemblages (not species one at a time). Kin is an assembling sort of word. All critters share a common ‘flesh,’ laterally, semiotically, and genealogically. Ancestors turn out to be very interesting strangers; kin are unfamiliar (outside what we thought was family or gens), uncanny, haunting, active” (Donna Haraway, Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin, 2015).
I have begun a series of works that fall into a category of their own, inspired by the interspecies adoration that others before me have had for their domestic animals such as Donna Haraway, Hélène Cixous and Carolee Schneemann.
The critters here are collaborators in performative communications. They are animals with whom I have a sustained a playful and even telepathic relationship of trust and mutual affection; Ras, Buddy and Elvis, Cloud, Lola, Bates, Charlie, Jai. They have their own story and all chose to live with me rather than the other way round. These uncanny relationships also include my friend’s beloved animals; Pinxo, Antonia.
To be continued……