This body of work focuses upon the theatrical performances portrayed within zoological enclosures. Within the set, the non-existent forth wall lies parallel to the endearing painted backdrops, permitting spectators to a ventral view of this 'arena'. Such set constructions allude to a stage; whereby reluctant actors (the animals) perform to a paying audience. In light of this, one question appears pivotal; are these zoological habitats really designed for the pleasure of the animals, or do they merely pander to the preconceived notions of the ¬-audience? Synthetic backdrops, rendered skies and artificial waterfalls, convince us that these experiences are 'genuine'. However, whilst such grand illustrations may reassure the unwitting spectator - ultimately the animals are not so easily deceived.
Natalie Bayliss • Rhodri Brooks • Grace Carpenter • Pebbles Clements • Georgia De Lotz • Zoe Evans • Jessica Farley • Danielle Harrison • Scott Jarrold • Anna Jay • Olivia Karsenbarg • David Wood •