|the animal voids series|
With the Cake Bearers series, I became interested in trying my hand at drawing somehow unexpected animals fulfilling one of the primary duties of greeting card beasts: carrying & offering birthday cakes. Move over, teddy bears and puppies: here come the iguanas, the pythons, and the scruffy cats with armpit hair. Thinking of suitable environments for the Cake Bearers yields the Void Stories series.
Moving onwards from the Void Stories, I began to focus more deliberately on the role of cut paper in my work as a way of invoking ornament and creating voids which were in fact holes. I discovered printed paper animal targets, which in many ways are the antithesis of greeting card animals: good animal / bad animal...