Beasts is a photographic installation born out of the artist’s attempt to translate between scientific observations and personal experience.
In the course of the artist’s lab research identifying and studying terrestrial vertebrates, he catches himself internalizing animal movement: the limber swipe of a lion’s paw, the linear stride of a deer’s limb.
The black and white images are data: records of scientific observation. Sharp, concise close-ups of mammal skeletons provide morphological information that can be used to identify species and infer behavioral patterns.
The mirrored photographs of the artist’s body document the artist’s attempts to physicalize animal forms. By breaking down and visually reassembling its parts out of evolutionary analogs, the artist expands the vocabulary of the human form.