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stretched pig skinA visual arts senior at SCAPA Lafayette, and a recent gradute of the Arts Institute program, Zoe brings to the Mill & Max Contemplative Arts Gallery an exciting and provocative show inspired by the controversial Harlow Monkey Love Experiments. Ranging from adorable to grotesque, "My Friends" explores stuffed animals both physically and conceptually by dissecting, dividing, and repurposing their pieces into sculptural constructions and drawings. In sacrificing actual companions from her own childhood, the artist reveals the role that her attatchments to them played in her relationships to herself and in her human need for intimacy, companionship and meaning.
Zoe Ruth's intimate portraits make us question our desire for comfort through the use of stuffed animals to substitute friendship, and ask what is acceptable behavior for relating to them.