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Artist examines communication between animals and humans in show at Flo Gris

"Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness" opens Saturday at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

This is the first museum presentation surveying the work of multimedia artist Sherwood. The New York-based artist’s pioneering approach to understanding humans’ relationship to wild nature comes through experiments with cross-species communication.

The resulting films, sculpture installations, and paintings created over the past decade offer unique opportunities for audiences to engage with discussions about the environment, global food chains, feminism, animal studies, and spirituality.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the artist and the Florence Griswold Museum’s associate curator, Jennifer Stettler Parsons. It takes place throughout the museum’s site, with installations in the galleries, on the grounds, and in the Griswold House, a National Historic Landmark.

With a legacy of cultivating artistic inspiration, the Florence Griswold Museum is an ideal site to share Sherwood’s work. “To be able to receive visionary artists such as Dana Sherwood honors the spirit of artistic creation fostered by the members of the Lyme Art Colony,” states Museum Director Rebekah Beaulieu. “Contemporary artists compel us to expand our comprehension of the spectacular environment we are so fortunate to inhabit.”

The exhibition remains on view through Sept. 18. 

The museum, located at 96 Lyme St. in Old Lyme, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for students, and free to visitors age 12 and under. Call (860) 434-5542 or visit




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