Plates are modeled after historical natural history books that often paired descriptive text about a species alongside decorative illustrations to provide visual knowledge. These encyclopedic books opened up the wide world of nature for its readers, introducing wonder about and imposing control over the subjects. For the plates shown here, animal and human information and anatomy are intermingled to reflect on the contemporary human relationship to nature.
All of the Plates are two separate works on paper that hang together as a pair. Each piece in the pair is around 22x30 inches unframed.
In the palm of the hand’s right panel incorporates gouache, colored pencil and hand-sewn thread on Duralar. The text on the left panel is printed with archival pigment inks while the the stencils are created with shellac.
Likewise, An opportunity to display their parts has gouache, colored pencil and hand-sewn thread as well as graphite and pigment inks on the right panel. The left panel materials include shellac, graphite, collaged text and thread.
From the Collection is two separate lithographs with hand sewn embroidery thread. The text and border are printed on an inkjet printer.