Galleries: Volitant

- adjective

  1. engaged in or having the power of flight.
  2. active; moving.

'Volitant' explores the meaning of animal representations and their public display by humans, questioning the habitats created for them. Photographs from the woods of an archery range show animal targets designed and situated to replicate their wild counterparts. The accompanying videos show an air-conditioning breeze unintentionally giving life to otherwise motionless natural history exhibits.

The birds in the museum have once again been given the power of flight; the animals in the woods are unwittingly engaged with this power. Not only do they incur the force of the arrow in flight, they are active, moving (in each case due to the humans that created the environment they exist in). These are volitant creatures with no means of relief or escape.