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.
In the Wolf Pack series, wolves have been compressed so they just barely fit into the frames. The drawings evolve around the wolf as signifier of wild nature, and humanity’s attempt to systemize the world and adjust nature to the confines of culture. The wolf was the very first animal to be domesticated, allegedly some 36.000 years ago, while humans where still hunter-gatherers. The large variety of dog breeds that exists today stems from wolfs, and is the result of many different selective breeding’s. The same goes for much of the “natural” that surrounds us in our daily life, vegetables, fruits, life stock animals, pets, flowers, etc. With methods such as selective breeding and mutation breeding, many of these have become very different from their ancient ancestors. Nature has evolved in a direction adapted to human physiology, cultural preferences, and not least the logic of the market. The wolf pack series portray this aspect of our relation with nature, as well as a human tendency to divide the world in dualisms – wild and domestic, nature and culture, good and evil, frame and content. The series are an ongoing body of works, evolving and growing like a real wolf pack.