"The United Animal Kingdom" oil on canvas, 123x152cm
Paintings and the Post-human June 2010
Huguet’s note of sceptical enquiry foregrounds her recent series of figurative works; oil on canvas paintings which take the iconography of the hybrid animal and human forms as points for departure and subjects for aesthetic investigation.
In one portrait she depicts a Minotaur which is disconcertingly human in pose and posture. In other canvases, Huguet inserts the Minotaur motif into lush looking landscapes (The Habitat of the Human-Animal and The Human-AnimalKingdom) in which they appear to engage with their fully human and equally naked peers. But the narrative remains ambiguous and uncertain; are we witnessing a potentially predatory interaction, or is this vista some form of animal-human self-becoming?