What's left behind 2021
The work 'What's left behind' considers behavioural changes triggered by pressures on the environment and wildlife. Known for their intelligence and wit, crows and foxes have learned to adapt to densely-populated urban life to the degree that they behave differently. The installation suggests that after the human animal is gone, there may well still be crows and foxes foraging and rummaging around amongst the leftovers.
The work ‘Skulk' considers behavioural changes triggered by pressures on the environment and wildlife. Known for their intelligence and wit, foxes have learned to adapt to densely-populated urban life to the degree that they behave differently. In Berlin for example, the foxes remain in male and female groups (skulks) together and remain in their dens, shifting their nomadic patterns. The installation suggests that after the human animal is gone, there may well still be foxes foraging and rummaging around amongst the leftovers.
Brigitte was inspired to create ‘Scavengers’ during her month-long residency at the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi where she shared her studio with a group of monkeys. New Delhi is known for its large population of rhesus monkeys and while they are considered sacred, the city is overrun with them. Encountering ‘Scavengers’ in the formal garden, amongst box hedges and on the edges of the rolling gently ascending lawns, with the backdrop of majestic trees and mature hedges creates a curious tête a tête. It is as if the resting, waiting eating and picking monkeys own the place, demand our attention and follow our gaze. Whilst gazing at them, they gaze back at us, and for seconds we feel like them.
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Brigitte Jurack (Duesseldorf, 1962) studied at Kunstakademie Duesseldorf, Glasgow School of Art and Chelsea College of Art (London). She looks at the world as it is and tries to make sense of it; her process can be described as picking up what is already out there. Jurack has exhibited at IMMA (Ireland), European Ceramic Work Centre (Netherlands) and World Water Conference (Japan). She was the 1993 Henry Moore Sculpture Fellow, 2014 Liverpool Art Prize nominee and was selected for the 2019 KICB. She is Head of Sculpture at Manchester School of Art and her studio is in a converted 19th century Bakery from which she also organises international artists residencies with focus on engaging with the immediate neighbourhood. She is also founding member of the artists' group Foreign Investment who have exhibited in Rio de Janeiro, Kiev, Hong Kong, Oslo, Berlin and Istanbul/Venice Biennials. See www.foreign-investments.com.