Chimera / Self Portraits

CHIMERA.
Combined Self Portraits
3D computer modelling and found photographs, 2013*
Photographic images are intimately bound to processes of production and technical reproduction and recent developments in image making and dissemination technologies allow for composite visual studies reaching far beyond the collages of early photographic experimentation. These contemporary portraits combine analogue photographs of tropical diseases dating from the 1940s by the Ecuardorian epidemiologist and entomologist Dr Luis Leon with the artist’s own 3D computer generated models to create an avatar. Although the visual fabric of the images is technically diverse the portraits demonstrate that, despite the passage of time, they are united by a deep rooted, scientifically coherent and symbolic order.
*The artist thanks the family of Dr Luis Leon for permission to use his photographs
Text by PhD. Sara Barnes (science and art advisor and curator)