Perhaps Schubert, Bach, and Vivaldi join forces to inspire Emily, a Staffordshire bull terrier and enthusiastic collector of bones. While classical music speaks to her artistic temperament, cow bones in particular are the medium she chooses to express herself through carcass architecture.
And then there’s Jemima, a fourteen-year-old corgi-sheltie mix whose sand sculptures prompted this compilation of canine creations. Witnesses to Jemima’s ocean front objet d’art feel her attention for symmetry could be influenced by her human companion’s strict army background and subsequent desire for orderliness. And what about astrological influences? The precise spiral sand diggings of Harry, the serene Jack Russell terrier, could possibly reveal the sun’s importance in his life.
Although humorously at odds in their assessments, Dr. Raymond Blake, researcher at the Institute of Canine Cultural Heritage, and Penelope Winter, animal spiritualist and telepathic diviner, both offer insight into the motivation and meaning behind the various canine constructions documented. While Blake relies on the dog’s breed and ancestry to explain the creative behavior, Winter credits telepathic communication for the visionary masterpieces. Yet whether impelled by inherited memory or thought transference, it’s unquestionable that these abstract compositions demand attention. Beach, field, or quarry—no canvas is too big or too small for these prolific pooches. For the most part, nature is their studio, although two resourceful dogs find beauty in using common raincoats and tires in their sculptures. Striking photos capture both the process and the product, often proudly displayed by the four-legged artist. If you think all your dog makes is a mess, look again. With the right tools and a little encouragement, your dog’s artistic genius could flourish before your very eyes.
By Vicki Mathison / Ten Speed Press
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