Photograph by Aaron Johanson

Companion Species (Listening), 2017

Companion Species (Listening),
10.5 × 35.75 in.
Reclaimed wool blanket, embroidery floss
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer
Portland, Oregon
Photograph by Aaron Johanson

My mom says we have have two ears and one mouth because the Creator intended us to listen twice as hard. I’ve always thought this piece of indigenous knowledge is important. Listening is hard, and something that requires continued work. In this particular image, the subjects are listening to one another and to the environment around them.