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Michael Mapes  Croton Falls, NY

'21 year old Dutch female'
Photographic prints, misc printed material, insect pins, pinning foam, glass vials
'Dutch female specimen'
Photographic prints, insect pins, pinning foam, gelatin capsules

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About Michael

born: 1962
height: 6’1″
weight: 190
hair and eye color: brown
right handed
no visible scars

Known to employ the use of a visual metaphor suggesting a pseudoscientific method signifying entomological, biological and forensic science. Beyond taking and collecting hundreds of photographs, thoughtfully gathers “biographical DNA” which can assume numerous forms; genealogical information, personal statistics, cosmetic samples, fingernail clippings, handwriting samples, hair strands.

Method is to deconstruct the original subject, in both a figurative and literal sense by dissecting photos and organizing the “DNA” in consideration to how the individual parts relate to the overall reconstruction. Resulting ‘collections’ are tediously layered compositions that challenge us to question the ways in which scientific information is assimilated into a culture. One witness states, “His unique appropriation of traditional ideas on portraiture and taxonomy convey the inherent tension between a methodical objectivity and an unavoidable psychological subjectivity”.

Lives and works in New York.

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'New York'


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