Habitat by Aoife Layton - Davidson Galleries
Aoife Layton


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Medium: Mezzotint
Dimensions: 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches
Signature: Signed
Artist details: Irish, 1979
Edition: of 10

Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher):
"Mezzotints hold a special place in my heart with their high contrast, rich textures, and visual softness. In Habitat, Layton effortlessly burnishes and scrapes out the folds and stripes of the circus tent and mirrors them on the zebra’s body. He sets us up to reflect on how we view and use animals and people that are strange or exotic to the common American crowd. Placing these two distinct symbols side by side, Layton points out the peculiar relationship that exists between wild animals, performers, human entertainment, and consumption of the exotic or 'other'. It begs the question of what or who are Americans harming in our unchecked need to be entertained or desire to fill a void in lack of interest in day to day life?"