The sculpture of hunter and ensnared prey is part of a larger installation, Claustrum (Cloister), an ellipse of twelve animal sculptures and a wall drawing inspired by medieval architectural ornamentation. In the present configuration, the architectural wall fragment alludes to a cultivated landscape, and is paired with Deadly Force (The Predatory), which taken together suggests an inescapable fate.
Drawing upon varied and mysterious aspects of cloister sculptures, I intend for these foliated figures to manifest the space of consciousness and reflect internal struggles. In Claustrum (Cloister) animals embrace, spar, or are tethered to the shield-shaped bases underfoot. Each animal alludes to a fraught relation with specific cultural associations, recalling characters in myth and fables, often long silent.
-- Kim Dickey, Professor, Ceramics