Animals Are Outside Today
In 1928, Henry Beston stated regarding animals in his book, The Outermost House: “They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” Animals Are Outside Today is a journey examining underneath this net, offering us the chance to contemplate our intersections with animals and consider the multi-layered impact humans have on other living beings. Contradictions define our relationships with animals. We love and admire them; we are entertained and fascinated by them; we take our children to watch and learn about them. Animals are embedded within core human history—evident in our stories, rituals and symbols. At the same time, we eat, wear and cage them with seeming indifference, consuming them, and their images, in countless ways. Our connection to animals today is often developed through assimilation and appropriation; we absorb them into our lives, yet we no longer know of their origin. Most people are cut off from the steps involved in their processing or acquisition, shielded from witnessing their death or decay. This work moves within these contradictions, always questioning if the notion of the sacred, and the primal connection to Nature that animals convey and inspire, will survive alongside our evolution.
Plumb’s first monograph entitled Animals Are Outside Today, has just been released by Radius Books. For more info visit their site.
Born and raised in Chicago, Colleen Plumb worked as a graphic designer for several years before earning her MFA in photography at Columbia College Chicago (1999). For the past 14 years she has been working on a series of photographs about animals and the myriad ways that we’ve integrated them into our lives. Her work is held in several collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Fidelity Investments in Boston. Her photographs are part of the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Chicago Project at Catherine Edelman Gallery, and are featured in Photo- Eye’s Photographer’s Showcase. Currently, Plumb has a solo show on view at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, and in Mayshe will have a solo exhibit at Dina Mitrani Gallery in Miami. Her photographs have been exhibited in numerous one-person and group exhibitions including Museum of Contemporary Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum, van Straaten Gallery in Denver, and Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle. Plumb’s work has appeared in many publications including PDN and HotShoe International, among others. She currently teaches in the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago. website.