Saiba: All Bones Turn to Dust

Amy Dover (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract / Description of output

The work of Amy Dover focuses on our perspective of non-human animals in our ever-disappearing world. Drawing inspiration from her 2022 residency living in a remote Panamanian village with the Indigenous Kuna community, situated between the world’s most dangerous jungle and a tumultuous sea, Dover’s art confronts speciesist perspectives on non-human animals and the often macabre and cruel hand of humans. The name Saiba was given to Dover by the head of the tribal council, or Saiba, and means mermaid.

Through intricate detailed drawings, sound installations, printmaking and written and visual preparatory notes from the jungle, Dover presents a body of work that seeks to raise important questions. Her fine art practice aims to re-wild humans by fostering a greater connection with nature and exploring whether art can aid in the conservation of non-human animals.

The exhibition challenges visitors to reframe non-human animals through visual art to disarm speciesism, creating empathy and love to evoke an emotional response to animals and creating a deeper connection for humans, with non-human animals often being constricted to their representation in human culture, captivity, the pages of a book, or lost to the world altogether.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVane Gallery
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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