Kate Malenfant McNeice
By focusing on the topic of animal welfare my multimedia paintings explore the pitfalls of pet keeping. They highlight the faults of what is considered common practice, question civic policies, commercial standards and humanity’s failure to upkeep the promise made during the process of domestication. Contemporarily, people make said promise again each time we adopt and buy animals we choose to care for. The abstract and representational approach allows me to combine collage, to reference a wide range of established facts, and oil paint, to express the upsetting and real lack of research done by many people who forget to love, or at least provide for, each and every animal in our care.
Each depiction of an animal is purposefully chosen. Domestic cats suffer from the misconception that it is fair to leave a domesticated companion animal outside, with no control over their predator instincts, and no consideration to the addition of a new animal in the local ecosystem. Betta fish have their life span shortened by the minimization of their needs to be a singular fish in an aquarium that has been cycled. Certain colourations and patterns of snakes cause issues in which they strike themselves while feeding.