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Michael Mapes was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and received an MFA from University of Illinois in 1992.
Mapes is interested in creative science. His installations are created carefully dissected photographs which he reconstructs to once again represent the original image.
Each final piece is made up of thousands of individual specimens consisting of dissected photographs and genetic information about the subject in the form of hair, fingernails, scent, eyelashes, fingerprints, makeup, handwriting and breath. The representations of his subjects are dissected and then reconstructed through artistic interpretation invoking entomological, forensic and artistic methods.
Mapes is currently based in New York.
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