Artemis Laura Schatzkin

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Neighborhood: East Bay
Group Affiliation: Cafe Alma
SFOS Details:
Weekend 1 (South/East): Oct. 22-23
888 Innes Ave
San Francisco, 94124
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The famous dancer Nijinsky said, “God is Beauty. Beauty is God.”

I want to unabashedly say, “My art is about Beauty.” What I find beautiful are other animals and my connection to them. This has always been true for me, and I think it is how most humans perceive the world early in life. At some point we are given the message that we are not animals, we are people, and as such we are superior to and separate from animals. Somehow this message never penetrated my mind. I still see myself as an animal. I’m an animal who can speak and draw but still an animal. In that identity, I enjoy the easy connection I feel to other species.

My aim is to use my natural connection to other species to help others contemplate their connection. I want to make this expression beautiful. Just as important to this expression is my belief that art can open hearts and minds. That belief gives my art its crucial depth as a message to other humans.

I am my art; it’s not something I do, it’s who I am.