Isabel Young’s work considers mans relationship with nature and the effect we have on the environment. The work in Pocket-Scopic explores the world of reptile enclosures and aquariums. The aquariums and tanks are portrayed as claustrophobic interior landscapes that look at the zoo as an institution that brings wildlife to the heart of urban life. The zoo provides us with a simulated nature that is wholly designed and composed for the entertainment of the observer rather than for the benefit of the animal. The snakes and fish in the work represent a zombie state or half-life since they neither exist in the wild nor are they located in the domestic world.

 

Isabel Young
Copyright © Sartorial Contemporary Art 2005
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The Entertainers, 2005
Oil on canvas
122 x 152cm
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