Photographic Specimen Portraits by Michael Mapes

Photographic specimen portraits by Michael Mapes

Photographic specimen portraits by Michael Mapes

Artist Michael Mapes creates intricate photographic portrait pieces in which photos of the subject are cut up and distributed amongst vials, pins, and other medical and scientific containers and equipment. The portrait “specimens” are housed in a wooden box, along with samples taken from the subject, including fingernails, eyelashes, and handwriting samples.

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.
Representations of the specimen are dissected and then reconstructed through artistic interpretation invoking entomological, forensic and artistic methods

Photographic specimen portraits by Michael Mapes

Photographic specimen portraits by Michael Mapes

Photographic specimen portraits by Michael Mapes

Photographic specimen portraits by Michael Mapes

via Hi-Fructose

photos via Michael Mapes

Subscribe to Laughing Squid by email and receive a daily email with all our blog posts from each day.