Past Work > An Awkward Specimen (Installation at the Weatherspoon Art Museum)

Specimen 2190
Specimen 2190
2011

In the piece Specimen 2190, I wanted to push the feeling of discomfort that is sometimes shared between observer and the observed. I collected 2,190 slides of my own blood, each representing a day I spent in the hospital for a past illness. The slides were used for the glass panels of a sterile cramped booth. Inside the booth viewers are confronted with two videos of my eyes looking at them through magnifying lenses. As the eyes blink the word "specimen" is murmured forward and in reverse. The reversal of the word "specimen" through the piece implies the role reversal of the viewer from one who is observing to one is is observed.

silicone rubber, two video monitors, speakers, video, blood slides, artist's blood, plexiglass, aluminum, wood, tile, magnifying lenses