For thousands of years, we have related to the natural world through animal-human mythology. There are numerous drawings in medieval manuscripts where both real and fantastic animals and creatures appear side by side in the same text. There is no discrimination between the "real" and the "fantastic." This seamless understanding interests me. How can things that supposedly don’t exist feel so real?
These photographs explore the possibility of these figures, merged human and animal forms—fingers into feathers, fur to hair, nose to snout. I want to expand upon that moment of disorientation between sleep and wakefulness, where we cannot distinguish between what is and is not "real." In that moment, briefly, the existence of these animal-people is possible. Their figures become as real as the tales of medieval travelers and the painted records made on cave walls, the shapes of their bodies familiar and un.