Allison German, Painting
Isaiah 11:6-9My fascination with human and animal relationships inspires this series. By removing the concept of prey and predator, my paintings give viewers a surreal sense of peace. I chose circular compositions because nature insists with the coiled snake, bird’s nest, and burrow that the circle is secure.
Figures depicted in the fetal position are reminiscent of animals sleeping, sometimes with legs and tails tucked beneath them. Because all birds, mammals, and reptiles begin their development in the same posture, I’ve often wondered about levels of consciousness in the womb and if adult people and animals return to this position because their memory associates it with safety. Is it purely instinct? There are scientific reasons, such as preserving body warmth and protecting the throat and vital organs from an attacker, but why choose this position when we feel emotional pain?
When I’m hurting or afraid, I wish I could experience the warmth of fur, softness of feathers, and trust of animal guardians. In these surreal environments fear and pain are soothed, and vulnerability has no consequences. I instinctively paired human friends with animals that mirrored their strength, confidence, and gentle qualities. Spending my formative years in nature interacting with animals and the surreal works of Frida Kahlo are two important influences in my work. Allison German