I am interested in beauty and the grotesque within the field of anatomy, specifically medical wax models from the 16th century, such as Clemente Susini’s and Gaetano Giuio Zummo’s wax models.  I manipulate the dissected anatomical imageries and create tableaus with unlikely characteristics such as Flemish floral/fruit details, French ornaments, East Asian illustrative symbolic elements, and Japanese anime. I use the tableaus to tell a story about the clash between Eastern and Western cultural conventions, and they also function as social commentaries on contemporary society.

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