CANIS LUPUS FAMILIARIS
Portraits of 30 dogs: name of each dog embroidered with it's own fur. Dog fur donated by 30 different dog breeds, cotton and oak frame. Each 76x56x3cm.
Embroidered dog hairs become portraits that are individual likenesses of the furry animals while also being named after them. The series demonstrates that name is what makes a dog meaningful, and that a dog with a name has a human companion. The name also reminds us that at best a dog is an equal life companion, and that a relationship with a dog can sometimes be longer and more meaningful that many interpersonal relationships. (text:Annina Sirén)
Photos: Jussi Tiainen, Vesa Aaltonen