Original medium, date created, and how to make friends with a beastie.
The Rapport series started with a collection of pencil drawings I made around 2012-2013 of Brandi and our Boston Terrier named Peewee.
The original paintings were created in 2019 using acylic paint and black glitter on 22" x 30" heavy cotton rag paper.
Each painting in the series names a step in the dance between a human and an animal while forming a bond or friendship.
The first moment in the dance depicts the two figures introducing themselves in a friendly manner. So much can be achieved with a simple hello.
This moment in the dance depicts the initiation of joyful playing. Human and animal become a single entity for a split second measuring their compatibility.
This moment in the dance depicts the agreement between the two dancers that they are enjoying their company and wish to continue getting to know each other.
This moment in the dance depicts the discovery of similiarities between the two. They mimic each other's gestures and imagine what it's like to see themselves through someone else's eyes.
This moment in the dance depicts the realization of differences between the partners. Acceptance of the other's individuality becomes more exciting than their similarities.
This moment in the dance depicts the breaking of barriers and the formation of an alliance between the dancers after they've recognized their differences and commonalities.
The final moment in the dance depicts the two figures completely merged into one entity. The bond is fully realized and the reward of the dance is that they have both become something larger because of the other.