Photograph by Aaron Johanson

Companion Species: Ferocious Mother and Canis Familiaris, 2017

Companion Species: Ferocious Mother and Canis Familiaris,
108 × 219 in.
Reclaimed wool blankets, embroidery floss
Commissioned by curator Janet Dees for If You Remember, I’ll Remember at the Block Museum of Art, 04 Feb – 18 Jun, 2017
Photograph by Aaron Johanson

I think a lot about the symbiotic relationships humans have with the natural world and each other. This echoes Seneca and Iroquois teachings: We are all related, and Animals are our first teachers. These panels reflect on the She-wolf as a shelter, as a mother, as companion species. The She-wolf is mother-like, but not just in the biological sense: our ecosystem needs balanced relationships in order to thrive. These community-embroidered text panels combine to create a larger ground for more extensive embroidery.

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