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Jenn Houle

MIchelle Peterson    -     Jenn Houle    -     Jillian Provost     -     Julian Tejera     -     Stacy Howe     -    Sarah Gay    -   Brett Parenteau    

Animals are directly connected to and affected by the rhythms of nature. These rhythms exist from the molecular to the cosmic level, a continuous cycle of birth, life, fight, flight and death. We are all a part of this greater cycle. Born from a deep respect for the complexity of survival, my work focuses on trophic levels in nature and ecological imbalances such as threatened, endangered and invasive species.

My practice is rooted in extensive research of the behavior, diet, anatomy and cultural myths of animals. As I forage through this rich information, it leads me to a variety of material and conceptual investigations. In “Grizzly Eats” I have constructed a landscape composed entirely of different foods a grizzly bear eats to survive. In the background there are White bark Pine Trees that are dying. This alludes to the current threatened extinction of this vital food source (pine nuts) due to a non-native fungus (white bark blister rust) and mountain pine beetles, which are surviving through warmer winters thus damaging the trees.

“Animal Herds” investigates energy passing on from the prey to the predator at the highest level on the food chain: a carnivore consumer. Hundreds of individual cut out animal paintings are adhered directly to the wall in a wolf-like form, displayed, then dispersed and rearranged differently with each installation. The hierarchy of the predator and prey relationship is examined, as the herd becomes the predator.

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