Alex Arz is a 22-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 recent graduate from Rhode Island School of Design and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. These images are from her series, Human-Animal, of which she writes, ‘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’.
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