If we all have a spirit animal, then sculptor Jane Moseley is a cat. In ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped and even mummified. In “Creature Feature”, her solo exhibition at Hionas Gallery, Jane revisits this veneration and with plaster sculptures she succeeds to capture the essence and graceful passivity of our little feline friends.
Just like those creepy old people that taxidermy their dead animals, Jane shows her collection of lost pets to conjure a spiritual memory of ancient relics before they were even considered to be art. Amorphous and humble, they beg the viewer to gaze deep onto their little souls.
Since ancient Egypt, man has replaced the Gods, and we no longer consider the magical properties of animals. Despite this, we are still a bit feral, and while we appear faithless, we attribute supernatural powers and worship things such as iPhones, dollar bills and Instagram followers.
The reflection of our inherent faith as human beings, with the need to project power onto various objects is reversed but discernable in "Creature Feature", as Jane points to a faith from the past.
Similarly inherent is the primal need for humans to create and to communicate, and Jane’s intricate application of plaster layers calls for a rigorous, almost religious procedure, going back to the rituals of a forgotten age out of place. It's significant reminder of the animal nature of human beings, amid our albeit domesticated existences.