CLAIRE MILNER

ANIMA MUNDI

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The collection entitled Anima Mundi or World Soul, represents a single unifying spirit present in every living being, an intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet, which relates to our world in a similar way as the soul is connected to the human body.

“This world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence ... a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.” Plato

Influenced by the paintings of Gaugin and Rousseau but focusing on the ‘female gaze’, the women who populate these paintings confidently turn their gaze back on the viewer. Are they challenging the subjectivity of women in the canon of art history, hence responding to and questioning the voyeuristic nature of the ‘male gaze’? Or are they confronting the onlooker to act against critical contemporary issues of climate change and habitat loss? The broad concept of the collection spotlights the interconnectedness of all living things and more specifically the damage caused by humans to other species when there is a disconnect. The peacock as an allegory of vanity and the camera phone ‘selfie’ showing warnings of the effects of negative human activities are recurring motifs. Earth colours contrast with grisaille panels highlighting the effects of the actions and/or inactions by humanity on the planet resulting in climate change, habitat loss and the impact on other species ultimately resulting in destructive consequences for humanity unless there is a willingness to reconnect with the natural world.

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”. John Muir 

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