Rara Avis presents the work of Christie Brown: a question of the 'posthuman' gaze or an animalistic recognition of our hubris gene?
For some years now Christie Brown has created human/animal hybrids often reminiscent of the figurative objects of ancient Egypt and China. She has harnessed the ability of such archaic and mythical artefacts to speak across time proposing links between the ancient and the contemporary.
However, in this body of work her use of collage brings a new sense of complexity. Rather than simply attributing human traits and emotions to animals or, representing the animal-like qualities of humans, she is more interested in ideas that penetrate the perceived barrier between human and animal, and which challenge traditional Western philosophical notions of what is intrinsically human.