These images begin with photographs of animal specimens that have been cleared and stained. In this process, small mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians are soaked in a solution that renders muscle and tissue transparent. Stains are then used to make bones and cartilage a darker color. They are typically used by scientists to study the structure of the animals without having to use X-rays or dissection.
The specimens allow a remarkable view of the poetic and lyrical qualities of morphology. They are a point of departure for my imagination. The original images are heavily edited, and backgrounds are added – primarily images from the natural world that are also altered.