Artist Statement

My praxis has evolved from the investigation of my life in close proximity to animals and the interspecies relationships that develop. My processes focus in the area of overlap, examining the social, physical and the psychological interactions; a duality of the human/animal relationship that has virtually disappeared over the past two and a half centuries since the inception of the Industrial Revolution.

The Aisle of the Barn is the center of my shared universe. It is my Aleph; it is also my studio. Working on the aisle, close to my sources of inspiration is elating and liberating. The aisle is the confluence of domestication, interspecies relationships and creativity. 

The processes emanate from the phenomenon of domestication. The feedbag, from where the feed is dispensed, being the lowest common denominator of domestication, suffices as the basis of all my processes. Using the feedbags, shredded, pulped, woven with baling twine and wire, imbued with hay, hair, pieces of hoof, and dirt, these processes become the embodiment of the aisle, a diorama. 

The inspiration for the Aisle of the Barn Map was Jorge Luis Borges’ fictional cartographers in On Exactitudes in Science who drew maps to scale. This was by far my most ambitious and physically challenging process, pushing me far beyond my comfort zone. The Aisle Map is drawn to scale, measuring 12’x40’, the length and width of the aisle of the barn. It exposes and delivers the patterns and interconnections of the barn community. The key to the protagonists and their patterns is in the Compass Rose. While the cats and guineas travel at will, the horses are always attached to me with a halter and lead, and the dog is represented with a “morphogenic field”. My intention for the map is to be viewed from “withon”, putting the viewer in a definite situation and place, on the Aisle of the Barn, my Aleph.

© Judy Mazzucco 2018