Fernigen C. Thicket is an immersive installation that heightens senses of touch, smell, sight and sound. The fictitious name Fernigen C. Thicket is vaguely, but not specific to, a person, persona, animal, and/or concept that surrounds itself in biophiliac curiosities. This installation addresses metaphysical qualities of interconnectivity between human and nonhuman species; a seemingly overlooked concept during the Anthropocene. Fernigen C. Thicket offers the opportunity to peer into the other side of the divide. It allows viewers to imagine a place where the human and nonhuman exists as co-species, intertwined in each other’s interior/exterior surface and space. In doing so, this installation furthers apprehension on human animality and what it is like to look beyond a human, towards a human animal—an opportunity to become something else, something other than human.
Ashley Snook is a Toronto-based artist, originally from a small town in Northern Ontario. Snook’s practice examines the relationships and interconnectivity between human and nonhuman animals and vegetal/botanical life. Her practice is motivated by the concept of biophilia (a hypothesis coined by biologist Edward O. Wilson, which focuses on human innate curiosities in nonhuman species.) The foundation of her work aims to re-visualize the points of connection between the nonhuman and human in order to denaturalize power binaries between species. Snook’s work is a trajectory towards biological exploration and animality; reconnecting a raw sense of intimacy between human and animal and the surrounding biosphere through primarily sculpture, installation and drawing.