Dentem Spinam(2017) 

Silicone rubber, synthetic teeth

3.5 x 2 x 2 inches

Type Specimen(2017)

silicon rubber, plaster, latex, paper, ceramics

In the recent ongoing project I focus on the recognition and representation of the normality and anomaly of the body and organism, mainly inspired by Michel Foucault’s analytical method known as the Archaeology of Knowledge, and post-humanist thinkers such as Donna Haraway and Rosi Braidotti.

The classification of specimens in the format of an Victorian natural science museum, replaces the object with imperfect experiments. As prototype of mutants and hybrids, the studio sculptural samples imagine laboratorial transgenic specimen. This is to challenge the notion of normality reflected in the type specimen; a supposedly average and universal representation. It is however in a unique form and subjectively selected by the scientific discourse.   I also created a catalogue of found species based on my illustrations of the future species as the offsprings of the transgenic animals with humanized organs - a 21st century Darwinian origin of species, while the origin is no longer natural but artificial.

My desire is to defy the legibility of the organism. I want to create an in-between space and a new narrative around the composition and transformation, which dissolves the boundary between the formed and the deformed, and cross the line between science and fiction, history and future, abjection and sublime.