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Meredith Blackmore

What is our responsibility to our wild animal selves and to the world we share?

I'm a portrait painter and arts educator who, in lockdown, has felt compelled to explore themes around discomfort and belonging. These "nature lovers" are painted onto scenes from old nature books. They are figures in (often precarious) pursuits of safety and identity and connection, in varying degrees of comfort with their own wildness. How can they fit in? Are they at risk? Who are they putting at risk?

Stemming from my background in dance, each piece catches a performance, a duet with nature -- be it sexy, fevered, awkward, tender, or exploitative. Each woman dresses for adaptation but even her nudity can present like a costume. Thank you for entering the scene.

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