|13 June 2003 ... Animal Art|
I was eager to get online this evening, because I had posted to a discussion over at Suite 101. The Art Exercise topic had an article on the art that animals make. ie, putting fingerpaint on dogs/cats feet and letting them walk across paper. The author considers this, not art by the animals, but art using animals as a tool. Method Art (another example of Method Art that he gives is sitting in a bus holding a pen to paper and letting the bouncings determine the lines).
Here's my response:
The author replied that his dogs show no aptitude towards art, his dogs tracking in mud (thus leaving marks) all the time. heh. And you know, while I've worked with dogs and cats in the past, I've never been a dog guardian. So, I might have to defer to his greater experience, and agree that dogs may not be capable of art.
But dogs are at the lower end of the intelligence scale. I do think that animals higher up are capable.
This topic really is fascinating to me.
I wonder if the guinea pigs would mind some experiments (even granting that they are lower than dogs on that intelligence scale... on the other hand, at least guinea pigs aren't color blind, they see the same colors we do). But then the thought of clean up inhibits me... even washable non-toxic finger paints are going to stain their white fur, I would think.
Off-site: Animal art for a Good cause.
These paintings are so beautiful to me.
Can we grace the animal with the label of "Artist"?
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