Matthew Simpson, Fissure, acrylic on canvas, 2021, 1015 x 1015 mm
28 February 2021 - 16 September 2022
Humans have an important and timeless relationship with animals. Whether it is an appreciation for the majesty of wild creatures or the unconditional love of a furry companion, animals can bea wonderful source of support for our mental wellbeing.
Artists across the millennia have shown their appreciation for animals – ancient Egyptians honoured cats through painting, mosaics, sculpture and more,while the famous Lascaux Cave art in southern France gives an insight into how essential animals were to Palaeolithic culture. Devotion to our four-legged friends is abundant in modern art, with Picasso, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney all dedicating many hours to portraying their beloved ‘sausage’ dogs.
The Cunningham Dax Collection’s rich source of animal imagery show that many artists with lived experience of mental health issues also found animals to be deserving of their artistic attention. Creature Comfortis our way of saying thank-you to our non-human supporters for their love, companionship, beauty and inspiration.
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"Your installation gave me a lot to think about, especially in relation to mental health and stigma. It is inspiring to see how you shine light on, and continue these important conversations."
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