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“I had the idea to try to create work that was free of traditional references to modernism—to attempt a visual vocabulary that could be universal. Animal imagery is probably the most elemental imagery in art, going back to the beginning of modern man. Working with that imagery felt right.


Working with the connection of humanity to animals and nature implies a further connection of mankind to an elemental cosmic truth about our place in the universe. I'd like my work to in some way help reawaken the connection.”

—Michael J. Carey

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