"Chew" is a series of twelve well-used chew toys I recently photographed. I photographed them because I wanted to isolate the objects from their environments, where they continue to suffer in varying degrees to the whimsy of my dog's ever-changing moods. I selected one of the chew toys from the twelve images, and enlarged it out of proportion in an artistic manner usually reserved for less banal scenes and artifacts, in order to give it the respect and dignity the toy deserves. The combination of the dog's obsession with the artifact, also reflected in the dog's obsession with me, and vice versa, creates a rich minefield for a shared experience between artist and viewer. For me, the Gnaw project also reflects the long history of human-canine relationships. When my dog brings me a chew toy to toss, and to subsequently gnaw upon in the grass with his soft and contented whimpers, I begin to wonder if the first ancient relationship between us was instigated by the dog, or by the human? No doubt, the initial contact was probably about food – but were two dissimilar mammals ever so perfectly made for each other?