November 4 - December 23, 2017
Chimeras are composites, hybrids with some mixture of human, non-human animal, and plant components. Most variegated plants are classified as genetic chimeras because they possess more than one genotype. Tissues taken from non-human animals and put into human bodies are known as grafted chimeras. There are also the most famous chimeras, fire-breathing female monsters with parts from lion, goat, and serpent bodies.
For Chimera, we looked for work that disrupts the boundaries between humans and other animals, between plants and animals, or between animals and their environments. Humans have always identified "animal" qualities within themselves, and praised animals for having "noble” or human qualities, but one of the main ways we have defined ourselves as a species is through our perceived differences from the rest of the natural world. Chimera will showcase work that is chimeric in interaction and systemic to a world where the lines between humanity and animality are increasingly blurred.
Morgan Barrie is an artist and photographer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She studied at Columbia College Chicago, where she received her BA, and Eastern Michigan University, where she received an MFA in Photography in 2013. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has earned multiple awards including a recent museum acquisition.
Jessica Tenbusch is an artist and metalsmith living and working in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She received her MFA from Eastern Michigan University concentrating in metalsmithing in 2014. Her practice is located within Ypsi Alloy Studios, a 3D arts studio she runs with two other local artists.