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At the Zoo


“Reflection” 2014, graphite on paper, 22″ x 22″


I often wonder what animals, particularly very intelligent animals, think of people looking at them all the time. What do they think about our interest? Are they stressed by it? Are they watching us as we watch them? I believe we are instinctively drawn to animals as much as they are instinctively fearful or wary of us. There is a dynamic tension between our gaze and their captivity that has always made me uncomfortable in zoos.