The following images document various aspects of my studio practice from the end of 2014 to the present. My current body of work in the making involves the collection of animal skeletons and insects (primarily moths, beetles and locusts), both of which have to go through extensive preparation before being photographed. Insects arrive brittle and dry, which requires them to go through a process of rehydration before they can be manipulated into place. Skeletons often have to be broken, reassembled and weathered in dirt. I will continue to chronicle the studio and the steps which lead up to the end result as I continue working.
Snake skeletons have become a primary focus in the work. In a relationship that has become basically a collaboration this point, I have these skeletons built by a very talented bone articulator in Vietnam. I send him a preliminary sketch of the idea, which shows the desired gesture of the snake. He then prepares the snake and ships it to me in fragments that I have to rearrange. Some examples of the drawings can be seen in the “sketches” portion of the site.