Shauna Laurel Jones

Art Brute: When the Artist Is Animal

Given humans’ limited ability to communicate with other animals through language, what can we learn about them through the art they make? Can art be a unique medium through which we can more closely empathize with other species—a form of mediation between cultures across species lines? Can art even help us relate to creatures previously considered unappealing or uncharismatic? These are among the questions to be explored in a presentation that is part personal essay, part scholarly paper inspired by academics and artists working in interspecies aesthetics.