5 Bold Place
Dawn Parry Cunliffe is a visual artist fascinated by nature and the environment. In ‘To Cultivate Compassion’ she continues a long tradition of literal and metaphorical human-animal hybrids which were, and still are, often created to help explore a larger, more interconnected understanding of the world we live in: mythological tales, religious rituals and contemporary cultural phenomenons are littered with them – think Minotaurs, Easter lambs and Peppa Pigs.
Since choosing a vegan diet and lifestyle, Cunliffe has realised how crucially important it is to hold an unrelenting compassion for other living creatures and the earth as a whole. For this exhibition she uses anthropomorphism to imbue farmed animals with the respect they deserve by showing them as individuals with the capacity to feel a wide range of our own emotions, such as happiness, pain and loss, that come from being sociable and sentient creatures.
‘To Cultivate Compassion’ attempts to re-balance our emotional and physical links with the animals we depend upon by focusing our attention on how farm and human animals experience a shared life, highlighting the parody we perform by adoring the thought and imagery of the animals we breed to eat while in reality causing them inhumane suffering.