Alex Arzt

© Alex Arzt

“Evolution, or the transmutation of species (as Darwin calls it), has formed an infinite variety of species all ranging in different types of intelligences, instincts, physical capabilities, and defense mechanisms. Humans continually use these differences in ability to their own devices through domestication. In this project, I continually wondered how adaptable the human home is for other species, whether that species lives in its own bedroom or in a cage in the backyard. The animals in these pictures often occupy the home space as fixtures much like the trinkets and framed pictures that broadcast the animal lover’s identity. Various objects, including empty grocery store food packets, tchotchkes, stuffed animals, animal clothes, car decals, drawings, memorialized gravesites, and photographs identify the human owners as animal-lovers, even when the object of their affection is not captured in the frame. As many of my photographs make clear, some human identities are carved through the creation of a familiar human-pet dynamic involving both affection and dominance, captivity and care. My photographs record this symbiosis as it occurs in the American home.” [Alex Arzt]

Alex Arzt is a 23 year old photographer hailing from Frederick County, Maryland, where she was raised by a mother, a brother, two sisters, cows, horses, fields and rivers. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.


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