Barbara Dover lives and works in Cairns. Her art practice predominately interrogates our relationship with animals at the intersection of aesthetics and ethics within the understanding of animals as themselves – sentient individuals whose moral status, interests and lives matter. Her work grapples with the dichotomy inherent in human attitudes towards and treatment of animals that often make us uncomfortable and remind us that we seldom consider their sentient nature and their needs. She is among an increasing number of contemporary artists who are seriously interrogating and discarding the established hierarchies in the portrayal of animals in visual art.
In connecting the knowledge of different disciplines including philosophy, ethology, art and science, her practice engages a range of materials, methods and processes including assemblage, sculpture, photography, video and drawing practice in deliberation of the dilemmas concerning animals and our moral responsibility for them.