Colleen Plumb’s Beautiful and Thought-Provoking Images of Animals


Chicago photographer Colleen Plumb’s new exhibition Animals Are Outside Today, which opened at Jen Bekman Gallery in Soho on Friday, is a series of strange and often slightly hyper-real images of animals – everything from circus elephants to the decaying corpse of a raccoon. As a body of work, Animals Are Outside Today explores the complex and often contradictory relationship between humans and animals: as the artist’s statement says, “We love and admire [animals]; we are entertained and fascinated by them; we take our children to watch and learn about them… At the same time, we eat, wear and cage them with seeming indifference, consuming them, and images of them, in countless ways.” Like all the best art, it’s both moving and thought-provoking. Click through to see a gallery of some of Plumb’s work.

Colleen Plumb, Circus Elephant, 2006

Colleen Plumb, Bird on Stairs, 2004

Colleen Plumb, Mold-A-Rama Dinosaur with Ruth, 2007

Colleen Plumb, Hanging Goose, 2003

Colleen Plumb, Horseback, 1999

Colleen Plumb, Racoon, 2004

Colleen Plumb, Deer Sweatshirt, 2003

Colleen Plumb, Nungesser Elephant, 2010

Colleen Plumb, Albrecht and Corwin, Canyon Deer, 2000

Colleen Plumb, Geese With Lights, 1999