Karen Burnett

Since the beginning of humanity nature has ben socially and culturally constructed. Animal imagery has been used as a visual language and civilisations have treated animals as a commodity. The life of animals continues to be threatened as natural habitats are being consumed to make way for urban growth.

I have found clay to be a precarious material subjected to chance and the unknown. As a material it is organic, fragile, mortal and immortal, and has an association with everyday life. While the form of the animal is readily manipulated, during the kiln firing process survival is never guaranteed.

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