Animals have always been an important part of my life and a great emphasis in my own work as an artist. They remind me that soft and cuddly things can outrank us in a scuffle despite our delusions of grandeur. They reflect the nasty side of ourselves that fight, shit and fuck. They remind us that we are ultimately one of them and that they are our surrogates, test subjects, companions, and sometimes our only solace.
ANTHROPOGENESIS, which recently opened at UT’s Visual Art Center (VAC), is curated by two PhD students in art history – Ariel Evans and Lauren Hamer. The show is a strong example of Director Jade Walker’s mission to provide a site for interaction between art education and practice. It’s a show that successfully gives students the opportunity to galvanize a space where artists, writers and art historians come together around an idea.