They Think They Are Fallen Angels” by Christine Kowal Post is an exhibition about our place in nature and how we see our relationship with the rest of the world.
Kowal Post’s work considers the relationships we build with the natural world, other creatures, and each other. We are comfortable with embracing our shared physiology with animals, and have never considered ourselves physically superior to other members of the animal kingdom.
Yet we cannot help looking for traits which make us not just unique within nature, but exceptional. So we imagine ourselves as intellectually exceptional, disconnected from other beings and with the right to dominion over nature.
Kowal Post’s carved wooden figures explore where and how we fall short in this human aspiration to be like ‘fallen angels’ akin to deities in the great chain of being.
About the artist:
Christine Kowal Post makes sculptures and reliefs using traditional wood carving techniques. She has been working as an artist since the 1970s in Liverpool, North Wales, the Netherlands, and is currently based in East Sussex. She was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy in 2005 and the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2014. ‘Wolfpack’ was exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale.