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To Mind the Elephant

  • Author(s): Polacheck, Casey Thomas
  • Advisor(s): Adler, Amy H
  • et al.

The series of paintings and exhibition titled To Mind The Elephant depicts the isolated uses and suggested effects of material objects used in the environmental and psychological enrichment of elephants in zoological captivity. These simple tools of animal care are understood as analogous in function to both the artistic practice and viewership. The artworks and objects described share qualities of perception, creativity, agency and experience between humans and other animal species when their cognitive processes and responses are considered.

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