Amelia and the Animals is drawn from journeys undertaken by mother and daughter in the interspecies world they inhabit with animals, of all varieties, over the past thirteen years.
The line between human and animal overlaps or is blurred, where animals are part of mother and child’s world and humans are a part of theirs. Fantasies and eccentricities are explored to create a cultural space in the photographs where animals not only co-exist with humans, but also interact as full partners.
Schwartz is driven to depict relationships with animals in the hope that these moments portray the sameness of humans and animals. This ongoing project shows now 17 year old Amelia’s ingenuity through her ability to relate to the animals with kindness and respect.
Robin’s daughter becomes more than muse through her capacity to be smart, brave and tough. She calmly cajoles the animals. The temporal aspect of this project only enriches as the subject matures and animal explorations expand.
Amelia and the Animals presents a series showing affinity between mother, daughter and the animal kingdom. Where dreams and an exploration to discover the extraordinary are documented through a child’s life.
Artist Biography - Robin Schwartz
Robin Schwartz earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Pratt Institute and her photographs are held in several museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016.
This exhibition is supported by: