(People) "lets say that to tear a painting is the kill the person trapped inside it. what if they could reach out and tear the painting themselves to be lost forever?" - I think this is an interesting concept to have of what a piece represents.
New York artist Michael Mapes creates elaborate specimen boxes by dissecting photographs and then compartmentalizing individual fragments within plastic bags, glass vials, magnifiers, in gelatin capsules and on insect pins. The boxes exist in an uncanny
In these works the enlarged realistic forms take on an almost abstract quality. Fruit is deliberately sliced and arranged, exposing glistening textures and layers; providing opportunity for stunning mark-making and subtle variation in tone.