Where Will They Go After Their Forest Has Been Stolen?, 2015, Ink, white conté pencil, gouache on paper, 30" x 18"
Janell O’Rourke is an interdisciplinary artist who works in the field of critical animal studies. Her studio practice is deeply shaped through drawing, often using intentionally low tech materials and techniques. Through art making, she explores the mechanisms of unwarranted prejudices that objectify other animals and our relationships with them. How does one unlearn normalized bigotry; the ungrounded divisions that ceaselessly divide us from them? Can artwork help to critically engage and imagine with animal beings and nature as creative partners? Art can be more than human. Perhaps through open reflection, art can connect us respectfully to other beings, as we are already; and nudge us into the vulnerable future to promote unity and shared experiences.