These images are being developed for a an interactive multimedia art installation titled “For Our Own Good: Genetic Surveillance and the Medical Maze of Miracles,” where visitors will be invited to navigate issues surrounding genetic surveillance and medical privacy.
In “Branded by her Genetic Mutation” I drew from the nude model with watercolor pencil, and scanned the drawing into the computer. I then downloaded the unsuccessful application submitted by a pharmaceutical company attempting to patent the BRCA1 gene (containing my genetic mutation). Using digital tools I collaged a portion of the gene sequence onto the nude, and printed it onto fabric.
In the doll portraits, “Genetic Defect or Abusive Lifestyle?” and “Wrong choice?” I use some of my more “disabled” and distressed dolls as proxies to ask taboo questions about genetic diagnosis and treatment. Begun as small oil paintings, the doll portraits are scanned, combined with hand-written digitized text. These images are digital originals printed at large scale onto fabric.
These are NOT Giclée prints, which are digital reproductions of traditional mediums. Because the final version of these works resides in the computer, the paper or fabric prints are originals.