Wolf Pack, pencil on paper, oak frames 121 x 87 x 6 cm. Janus Bygningen 2016, (photo: Bjarke Regn Svendsen)
Wolf Pack, pencil on paper, mahogony frames 121 x 87 x 6 cm. Phenotype, installation view, Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, 2017
Wolf Pack, pencil on paper, Walnut frames 121 x 87 x 6 cm. Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2018, represented by Marie Kirkegaard Gallery.
The Wolf Pack series show drawings of wolves, being compressed, so they barely fit into their frames. The drawings evolve around the wolf as a signifier and a symbol, both of wild nature, and of the human attempt to systemize and adjust nature to the confines of culture.
Around 36 000 years ago, when humans were still hunter-gatherers, the wolf was the very first animal to be domesticated. Today’s large variety of dog breeds stems from wolfs, which is the result of selective breeding. This also applies to many of the natural produces surrounding us in our daily life – fruits and vegetables, plants, pets, life stock animals etc. By means of methods like selective and mutation breeding, these produces have become very different from their previous forms. Nature has evolved in a direction adapted to human physiology, cultural preferences and the logic of the market. The wolf pack series portray this aspect of our relation with nature, while they also explore the human tendency to divide the world into dualisms: wild/domestic, nature/culture, good/evil, frame/content. The series are an ongoing body of works, growing like a real wolf pack.