About the Book
"Repeat and Shift" is a catalog of artworks on paper by visual artist Kirsten Furlong. These works have been produced by layering detailed drawing, collage, and printmaking methods, which can be seen as simultaneously referencing patterns found in nature and obsessively applied techniques of drawing. Furlong's artistic practice engages with a series of questions about our culture’s multifaceted relationship to nature and the geography of human/animal interactions in urban and wilderness settings. These inquiries are utilized to contemplate various issues about the natural world and the concept of representation of animals and the environment. The drawings are based on first-hand observations and internal responses to objects, illustrations, and texts about various species. In the work, animals serve as emblems of nature and as metaphors for human desires. A series of visual strategies including detail, repetition, and patterns inspired by those seen in the natural world are utilized by the artist. Additional ideas and visual sampling comes from the cultural, scientific, and historical models used to describe various environments, animals, and plants. 24 pages, 21 images softcover 7"x7" booklet.