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About me, illustration, animals, the universe and everything

I have a First Class Honours Degree in Illustration (2016).

My final major project was about the work of the Non-human Rights Project and the rights of sentient beings.

My dissertation considered the role of the the illustrator within a western culture with regards to the human-animal relationship, so often detrimental to the animal. If you wish you can read my essay here.

I am interested in animal rights, the human-animal relationship and how culture teaches us what that relationship is. Specifically I am interested in the role of the illustrator and illustration and how picture books fit in to the persistence of the existing understaning of the relationship between humans and non-humans. Think about the many picture books that illustrate a farm and how thos ebooks are part of the cultural understanding and distorted view of a real farm.

I am also fascinated by the relationships between art, maths, music, and nature – Fibonacci numbers and outer space, the Golden Section and tortoise shell patterns, the pull of the moon on the tides and the interconnectedness of it all.

My rescue dog Ben likes to check everything. 🙂

Work & Ben