Interviews with Pat Brentano
There have been anthropocentric tendencies in most civilizations. But none has been as systematic in this regard as that of the modern West. The dualism of Descartes juxtaposes the human mind to everything else – even the human body. Animals are part of the world that is turned over to science for objective study. They are not supposed to have any subjectivity. Although Westerners, for the most part, do not really believe that animals have no subjectivity, our treatment of animals today, as we raise them for food, reflects this dominant theoretical position. Even those who call for avoiding the extinction of animal species typically provide only anthropocentric arguments.
My work is about observation, exploration, and a deep spiritual attachment to the natural world. I want to create skillful, innovative work that communicates environmental responsibility and visual literacy.
Excerpts from the Interview
As you get older and you want to leave your mark, it seems to me that an artist has the opportunity to make a social statement and to make some kind of contribution, to influence people, to inspire people. What am I doing with this work? Am I painting a lot of beautiful things for my living room, or do I want to say something?
Gratitude to Pat Brentano: