Animal Lover is an art practice by Julie Andreyev and collaborative others that investigates creativity with more-than-human beings—dogs, bees, crows, fishes, trees, and forest communities. Projects use interspecies participation as a method to explore seeing, listening, and feeling for ecological and compassionate potential. Some projects are made with canine companion/collaborators Tom and Sugi who suggest ideas and produce content. At the core of the Animal Lover processes are care-ethics practiced in each encounter, and in how the participating beings are represented in the projects.
Andreyev is a Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholar completing her PhD at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Her dissertation is an interdisciplinary investigation into an expansion of ethics for more-than-human beings, examined through interspecies relational creativity in art processes. This research is supported by a Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.