Margaux Crump
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Stilled Chimeras

Stilled Chimeras

Digital pigment print, insect specimens, velvet, frame.  

20 x 24 11/16 x 2 1/8 inches

2018

Inspired by Dutch Golden Age floral still life paintings, Stilled Chimeras are botanical, animal, and sculptural assemblages that explore the still life as a public display of impermanent fantasies.

In addition to featuring flowers, fungi, animals, and insects, each Stilled Chimera also includes my small sex-safe silicone sculptures, which I cast from roots, fruits, and vegetables. Soft and fleshy in shimmering shades of pink, these sculptures blur the bounds of what can be read as plant or animal, masculine or feminine, real or fantastic.