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Capture and entrapment. Hunting and Sacrifice. Encompassing new work by Beth Carter and Davy & Kristin McGuire, A Lamb in Wolf’s Clothing brings these concepts to the forefront of the viewer’s mind and questions the instinctual nature of man and beast. Where does the responsibility lie and who repents?
Embellishing the hunt and justifying the sacrifice, Carter conveys a necessary yet uncomfortable action. Recently returned from a long residency in New York, Carter establishes herself in her biggest London show to date with a fresh body of work exhibited for the first time here in the UK. Her signature sculptures blur the emotion of innocence and the instinct of a beast, as the historical referencing of these animals is tossed aside and the viewer engages with this new portrayal. Carter presents us with a merciful death in that the viewer may feel pity or at ease with the notion of a ‘hunt’. The work highlights man’s natural instinct and questions the subject’s origin in each sculpture and drawing.
Award-winning husband and wife artists Davy and Kristin McGuire combine theatrical projections with delicate paper cut outs. As story-tellers they momentarily bring these creations to life and transport the viewer to a mythical place. The story of ‘The Hunter’ and the fable of fairies are explained through light projections allowing us to witness the softer side of the hunter. The viewer’s emotions are plucked by Davy’s innocent figures where the beauty is admired, however encased and stripped of it’s freedom.
As evolved hunters ourselves, our engagement with mortality has become more disparaged by animals over the course of time. Our awareness and acknowledgement of mortality still largely disconnected to that of roaming beasts. We may not wish to praise the behaviour but we should at least accept it.
A Lamb in Wolf’s Clothing poses empathy for both roles of that of the Hunter and the hunted.
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