Animality; Women, Animals and Instinct (2015) is an award winning exhibition and publication. (Leeds Central Library, ArtAscent Magazine Gold Winner 2016). It is an exploration of the different relationships women have with animals and our wild selves. These range from women who align themselves with animals and their inherent powers through the wearing of fur, animal print and feather to women who, through animal husbandry and farm work, have a daily commitment to animals.
These women live and work with animals, know the rhythms inherent in farm life and have the visceral understanding of non-human nature that their work demands.
For other women, they simply share their life’s rhythms with animals. The species boundary dissolves and pets become companion and family. The women and animal lives intertwine in human domestic life.
Animality is a language, a mode of self-expression, and a function of our relationship to non-human nature and our inherent wildness. We are intertwined in the fabric of this earth life because we’re not just cultural beings – we are also animals.