In conjunction with a sabbatical in 2012-13, this project enabled the development of an entirely new body of drawing work that foregrounds ethological, environmental and cultural aspects of human-animal relations. Scientific perspective on the nature and magnitude of animal consciousness is in flux, with the most recent research suggesting that animals are capable of higher order reasoning than previously understood. The resulting artwork, being equally informed by (but not limited to) evolutionary theory, ethology, ecology, poetry and philosophy, explores the mutability of divisions between humans and animals and contributes to this important and ongoing conversation.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Bondarchuk, Karen, "Explorations of Animal Consciousness" (2014). Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (FRACAA) Recipients. 19.