Extinction and Survival: Animal Imagery and Human Art

Agata Ren's new artwork on view at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach and Continuum WPB Arts
By: agata ren • visual artist
 
 
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BOCA RATON, Fla. - Jan. 27, 2015 - PRLog -- The animal figures painted by Agata Ren are the signs of a lost, or soon to be lost,
corporeality--extinct or endangered species. Ren’s animals live, now, in the image
before us, and it is the dignity of that image, its impression on us, which will
survive.

Human art—painting, sculpture—has long been the medium used to insure that the
phantoms of the dead will survive, as images. The image takes on a life of its own,
charged as it is with human memory and pathos. The extinct animal, in Ren’s art,
is given a new and future presence, but one which is strangely contrasted with a
surrounding background collage, torn from fashion magazines, of human vanity
and narcissism.

It is as if the animal’s Life, soon to be extinguished, is exalted in its glossy image,
while the fade of tinsel and glamour—our contemporary western human
aspirations—whispers to and tries to haunt its Spirit. Is the human life she portrays
destined to decry its animal cousins through the worship of surfaces? Is Ren
hoping to exorcise the animal soul to insure the reincarnation of each species she
depicts?

These are paintings that exist in the crossroads where the human and animal no
longer cohabitate. The memory of the animal is offered to our gaze, along with the
reflection of our own selves—purveyors of a human society that flees the animal
within us.

Contact
Nick Mosery
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