Claude Jones’ artwork focuses on the creation of chimeric and anthropomorphized sculptures and mixed media paintings that examine our complex, and often contradictory relationships with other animals, raising questions about ethics, justice and human accountability.
Our anthropocentric perspective of the animal world positions rabbits, for example, as both cuddly companion animals but also as meat and fur “products”. We support an industry that raises millions of pets that are accepted members of families yet trap, cage, torture and kill billions of animals annually for food. Claude’s work seeks to expose such obvious contradictions in the face of widespread, culturally ingrained acceptance of this schism.
The artist frequently references children’s book illustrations and employs soft colours and decorative elements that belie the sinister narrative content of the work – in the same way that the sordid underbelly of ‘legitimate’ mistreatment and exploitation of animals is repressed and sugarcoated.