This morning these reindeer woke me up. With their fluorescent colored antlers, they could be from a folk tale or last night’s dream. UK-based artist Louise McNaught draws and paints animals which have been subverted in a world no longer their own. McNaught’s sensitive rendering of the reindeer juxtaposed with the intense unnatural colors suggests a relationship between man and nature gone awry.
The artist says, “My work hints at the world of myth and folklore, exploring the relationship between humans and animals. The imagery often seems caught somewhere between childhood imagination and adult reasoning, as I gravitate towards using symbolism and allegory in my work. The natural elements in my work are exploring the importance of the nature and our connection to it, and at the same time metaphorically dealing with psychological and emotional states. The juxtaposition of humans with other animals in my work is not intended to anthropomorphise these creatures but to highlight our origins and the imbalance we’ve created in the environment.”