The Artful World of Animals
Catalogue of the Faculty of Veterinary Science Art Competition & Exhibition
An art competition and exhibition celebrating 50 years of teaching at the Melbourne University Faculty of Veterinary Science
About the Book
The Artful World of Animals is an exhibition held at University Hall, The University of Melbourne in conjunction with the 2013 Festival of Ideas - this is its eclectic exhibition catalogue. The groundbreaking exhibition draws from the vast creative inspirations of thirty-five veterinarians, veterinary nurses, professional and enthusiast artists, designers and photographers from across Australia, to produce a compelling portrait of the animal world, represented in a wide array of cultures, artistic styles, and media. The collection includes over one hundred works of art across painting, drawing, digital photography and digital illustrations, textiles, mixed media, prints, video and multimedia, and installations, which explore the human – animal relationship. The artists communicate critical knowledge associated with detailed looking, imagining and representing, demonstrated by their reflective and informative commentaries. Some of the artists included in this exhibition have drawn their subjects from life, depicting the roles animals play in our everyday experience, while others have used animals with symbolic intent or have anthropomorphized them to humourous, playful, or even unsettling ends. Seen together, these works reveal the magnificent variety not only in the animal kingdom, but also in humanity’s artistic interpretations of it. In addition to the artists’ statements and high quality image reproductions of all the artworks, this full-colour catalogue comprises a foreword by Joseph Galbally (President, Melbourne University Veterinary Society), a note from Professor Bruce Parry (Associate Dean External Relations, Melbourne School of Veterinary Science) and a curator’s introduction by exhibition curator, Purnima Ruanglertbutr.