Provocative Artwork Reverses Roles Between Humans and Animals

January 26, 2018

Vic Bishop, Staff Writer
Waking Times 

One of the most effective techniques psychologists use in conflict resolution is role reversal, which helps people to see the other’s perspective and to empathize with them. Empathy is something that is seriously deficient in our modern world, especially when it comes to the treatment of animals.

From factory farming and concentrated animal feeding operations, to big hunting and ivory poaching, to ocean bottom trawling and dolphin slaughters, to the incineration of rainforests, animals in general have a tough lot here on planet earth with all of us humans.

Art in our culture often fills the role of devil’s advocate, helping us to see things which may be right in front of our eyes but that we refuse to acknowledge. Artist Barbara Daniels uses her artwork to help us see the truth about our relationship with animals, and her drawings and paintings are insanely captivating.

From the artist, Barbara Daniels’ website:

Imagine our modern society with the roles of humans and animals reversed. What would it look like? How would it feel to be dominated by another species? My current artwork strives to answer these questions, drawing inspiration from real world situations and events.

The idea of exploring our relationships with animals through role reversal evolved from a sketch on a napkin in a Strasbourg Café. After moving from California to Berlin in 2013, it became my primary artistic focus and led to the creation of the painting “Happy Farms” and the ongoing series “Dominion over Man”. [Barbara Daniels]

Her most revered painting is called, ‘Happy Farms,’ and is shown in graphic detail in a video, here. A sampling of some of her illustrations follows. All images are copyright of Barbara Daniels Art 2017.

Please visit her website,, or check out her Facebook page, here.




For more of her work, please visit her website,, or check out her Facebook page, here.

About the Author

Vic Bishop is a staff writer for and Survival Tips blog. He is an observer of people, animals, nature, and he loves to ponder the connection and relationship between them all. A believer in always striving to becoming self-sufficient and free from the matrix, please track him down on Facebook.

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One Response to Provocative Artwork Reverses Roles Between Humans and Animals

    1. The terrible truth mirrored back to us. A powerful action call for change, for nonviolence, respect and justice finally . Brilliant work!

      Comment by Heidi Stephenson on 3 February, 2018 at 9:54 am

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