Kirsten Flaherty resides in New York while working as an artist and printmaker, with a focus in mezzotint. In 17th Century England, the technique of mezzotint was considered the ideal medium for reproducing paintings and portraiture due to its ability to yield a rich variety of tones and subtle gradations. Using this classical medium, Flaherty depicts pit bulls through mezzotint portraiture with the intention of inspiring a more positive view of a nationally misunderstood animal. Today, the American Pit Bull Terrier is a widely persecuted dog breed and these animals are often punished because of their negative reputation. In each mezzotint portrait, Flaherty strives to illustrate the personalities of these individual canines while also conveying the soft emotions of the animal through delicate tones and detail. The images inform viewers of the kind nature of these gentle hounds, and further encourage reform of the animal’s cultural stigma.
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