Artist Denise Monaghan

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The Artist Says:

Without art, the earth is just eh


“ We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals.  Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion.  We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves.  And therein we err, and greatly err.  For the animal shall not be measured by man.  In a world more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.  They are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of earth.”
-Henry Beston" --The Outermost House

"I spend a lot of time wondering about the connection between human and animal, how they overlap and where they disconnect.  Humans often forget that they are animals that share the planet with other beings.  We live in a world that makes that gulf more conspicuous with our technology and our symbolic thinking brain. Our civilization tries to contain and keep at bay nature’s chaos and fierceness. But we can’t keep it out.  We are part of it, although we’ve done a good job of denying where we come from and where we might be going.

The very first paintings were in caves.  They were of animals that surrounded Neolithic cultures in Europe, and they still have power and beauty after 30,000 years. 
It is a human thing to want to somehow record, and remember our experience, to give our primal self a space to breathe. Painting for me is a breathing space and a meditation on my relationship to [...]

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