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Drowning Dogs

I was asked to participate in the Drowning Dogs

project which you can explore here.

"Drowning Dogs is a collection of hand written

interviews conducted with artists, designers and makers.

The name was inspired by a Francisco Goya

(c.1819-23) painting. The dog is one of Goya’s

so called ‘Black Paintings’ worked directly onto

the walls of his house just outside Madrid in the

years after the artist had suffered the illness that left him completely deaf.

“The Dog” is the starkest, sparsest, most timeless of these nightmarish visions; it shows the head of a dog struggling between the great volume of empty space above and it’s equivalent below, each a kind of depthless oblivion. It is a proverbial image – the dog trying to keep it’s head above water, not so much swimming as sinking.

The image of this drowning dog is a lovely allegory for the struggling artist trying to keep their metaphorical heads above water as they pursue their practice, and thus Drowning Dogs was born."

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