“Room 62 houses various specimen collections created by Michael Mapes.
Subjects are determined by artist’s whim, life’s path, and commission.
The boxes house thousands of individual specimens consisting of dissected photographs and biographical DNA in the form of such things as hair, finger nails, scent, eye lashes, fingerprints, food, botanical elements, fabric swatches, makeup, dirt, handwriting samples and breath.
The human specimens reflect the artist’s interest in the role of creative science as lab threatens to supplant studio in his own work. Representations of the specimen are dissected and then reconstructed through artistic interpretation invoking entomological, forensic and artistic methods.”
specimen no. 6
22″w x 22″ h x 3″ d
photographic prints, insect pins, pinning foam, gelatin capsules within wood box with glass cover
specimen no. 0018
22″w x 22″ h x 3.5″ d
photographic prints, misc collage materials, insect pins, pinning foam, gelatin capsules, gold and silver painted paper, within wood box with glass cover
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