Steel sculpture, sheet metal, mixed metal headbrace
Domestication is a monument to our society’s relationship with the natural world, portraying a canine in chains as a subject of domination. The form of the wolfdog is simultaneously geometric and organic, with a metallic finish that is both raw and refined, presenting as a life-like but ultimately artificial entity. The wolfdog is bound and restricted by a simple, unrelenting head brace that is anchored to the ground with a heavy chain. This work is intended inspire empathetic reflections unto our complex relationships to the natural world, evoking a variety of emotions and dialogues. Our relationships with canine species can be understood as a microcosm to our overarching relationships with nature.