Horizon/Horse

On Photography and Multispecies Bonding

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52537/humanimalia.15525

Keywords:

horse, multispecies, empathy, with and without animal, photography, landscape, bonding

Abstract

Photographs and text explore multi-species empathy and loss through a long-term companionate relationship with a significant horse as teacher, collaborator, muse, and beacon. The images were made without request or instruction during acts of reciprocal caretaking and exploration. They record the pauses and accommodations of two bodies within a landscape seemingly unchanging except with the light, seasons, time, perspective, and the infinite amplitude within the daily and familiar, between human and non-human.  The body of the horse becomes actual landscape, imagined landscape, embodied landscape. The text derives from writings made in the horse’s presence.  To approach, to touch another carries a charge– whether of transgression or congruence.  The feeling of close connection in any intimate relationship also carries a sense of deep strangeness and far places. Who bodies are, where and how they occupy the landscape– itself a body– defines relationships. This project considers how (human and non-human) animals experience space and proximity, distance and absence, and how we bond to one another. Our histories and memories, yearnings, inform the through-lines of synchronous connection.

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Author Biography

Lee Deigaard, independent artist

Lee Deigaard explores the topographies where one consciousness encounters another, describing a landscape given shape and substance by its animal protagonists, their sensory and imaginative worlds and their autonomy. With language, photography/video, installation, event, and drawing, her work approaches the animal from positions of equality, collaboration, and mutual curiosity and looks at multi-species empathy, animal cognition and personality, sensory processes of memory and grief, and the nature of intimacy. As an independent artist and researcher based in urban Louisiana and rural Georgia, she has exhibited and presented her work internationally.

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Published

2024-05-13

How to Cite

Deigaard, Lee. 2024. “Horizon/Horse: On Photography and Multispecies Bonding”. Humanimalia 14 (2):55–112. https://doi.org/10.52537/humanimalia.15525.

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