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Cut&Paste (2015 - 2018)

Series of sculptures, Polymer Clay. 

 

The inspiration for this piece came from previous exposure to different animal testing methods. In one of them, researchers used pairs of live mice surgically conjoined to share a single blood cycle. 

 

The sculptures in Cut&Paste depict different stages of amalgamation of two mice self-interpretations. Combining these two animals into one hybrid, grotesque organism is bizarre. Although this new organism may be regarded as a monster, it was sculpted in a way which evokes empathy. In so doing, the work highlights our conflicting perception of animals—both as living beings and as research material.