BK Skaggs

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Artist Statement

The magic that gleams an instant between Argos and Odysseus
is both the recognition of diversity and the need for affection
across the illusions of form…One does not meet oneself until
one catches the reflection from an eye other than human.
Loren Eisley

Furo P. Mustelidae.
Is NOT a rat.
Not even remotely close.
“Do they bite?”
They can, but so do dogs, cats, and anyone else with a mouth and some teeth.
“They stink, right?”
If left “intact,” you bet they do!
“They’re wild animals, right?”
No.
They are domesticated.
They play like they’re wild (witness the “war-dance”), but they’ve been man’s companion for several thousand years.
“Where do they poop?”
They can be trained to use a litter box (for the most part).
“So, why pictures of ferrets?”
Well, ferrets are relatively unknown, and not widely known to many as a companion animal.
Ferrets have sinuous, slinky shapes.
They’re mighty sneaky, and possess a ferocious sense of play. This, along with their agility, and distinct personalities, make for unique image opportunities.
“But, why such a fuss? Why a body of work dedicated to animals (of all things), and pets at that?”
Well, art (for me) should come from a place of love, or anger; helps to focus one’s attention.
And, because of the danger.
Danger in that art about animals (and pets at that) has aesthetic challenges: Too boring, too cute, over-used subjects (ie.dogs, cats, and horses), no mystery, no substance.

Furotype exists to provide a glimpse into my ferret’s shining moments within the mundane existence of their days.
For the better part of 20 years I had ferrets in my life, and though they’ve all gone, I’m grateful for their company along the way, and for having added richness to my mundane days.
“Why such a fuss?”
It’s for love, if nothing else.
BK Skaggs

Bio

I am from the south but not a southerner.
I remember the 60’s vaguely. I was a child, what’s your excuse.
I’ve visited most of the states in the union.
I started this love affair with photography back in 1996.
The love includes: Animals, land, and music.
About art and life: Sometimes I know, but most often, not.

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