It's not just a strange coincidence that artists strive to breathe life into their works. We, as animals, must known that from our early beginnings in the caves, that art has always been a strong form of communication. The word itself defines what we are and what this project aims to achieve. Animal, from the latin animālis, which is breath and life. The nature of humans, and the nature of artists in particular has always been one of close reliance to their animal companions. We draw animals as much as our ancestors have. They are a key aspect to our lives, our loves and our creative mind.
The Creative Pet Project is just a simple natural extension of this promise of life that we have endured with our fellow Earthlings. As we bond with our companion animals we draw out through notions that have been a deep semantic aspect of our lives since time began for humanity. It is no wonder that animals become a fold of our extended families, and it's no wonder that they feature so much in a great deal of our art. The Creative Pet Project helps to highlight all these aspects as the artist and their work is prominently brought to the fore with an unique aspect that binds them. Their love for animals and it's translation into creativity.
The one hundred and eleven artists bound in this first volume are over 60% subject to having rescue animals. These are companion animals that have been neglected or thrown out by previous owners and have become adoption candidates through shelters and homes. Some of the stories are amazing, but what else is amazing are some of the slights in evidence that they come through in the artists work. Roger Olmos' piece, Sas Christian's piece, Antonio Rodríguez Cano's piece, Chet Zar's piece, Mary Chiaramonte's piece, Gillian Comerford's piece, Sylvia Vivanco Extramiana's piece, Jon Jaylo's piece, Andy Kehoe's piece, Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peter's piece, Svetlana Ledneva-Schukina's piece and Eric Vasquez's piece are all directly linked to some of their current or past animal connections. So, the bond and life that is breathed into art has a great to do with our history and the animālis heritage.