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The Orifice of Interspecies Communication (2018)


In collaboration with Anna Baldi



    The elephant trunk is a multipurpose tool. It can smell, grasp, and create sound. When compared to the human ear, the trunk is an orifice full of possibilities. The fictional orifice of these sculptures is a combination of human and animal bodies to suggest similarity across species rather than difference. The presence of ears but no mouth expresses the importance of silence and receptivity in cross species understanding.

    Humans often limit communication to written and spoken word alone. However, many studies have shown that non-humans have highly specialized languages that contend with the complexity of our own. Rather than understanding animals as a form of dominance, understanding should be about forming relationships. This pair of sculptures proposes that true interspecies communication will occur through a combination of the senses.