Portfolio > Insects of Suriname series and animation, 2014-17

Dominique Paul plays with the representation of the body and explores its transformation. This notion of body transformation informs Paul’s fantastical invention of hybrid creatures. In her Insects of Suriname series, the lacy cutouts of bodybuilder’s flesh from magazines are buoyed by colorful consumer products. The surrealistic scenes share space with flora and insects illustrated by Maria S. Merian, a Baroque-era naturalist documenting metamorphosis of insects. Taking the form of a botanical mandala, Paul strives to express a sense of urgency in the playing fields of our human-centric society that overuses the planet’s resources. Paul boldly envisions a future where the genetic code of living organisms is altered, and a strange new hierarchy among sentient beings emerges

ANIMATION: Insects of Suriname in Vitro
animation
2 minutes, sound
2017
Merian, collage,  Dominique Paul, muscle, male body, insects
Photography of a collage with custom lighting
36X28.54 inches
2014
Merian, collage, dominique paul, male body, muscles, collage, contemporary art
Photography of a collage with custom lighting
42X30.2 inches; 106,7X76,7
2014
Merian, Dominique Paul male body, muscles, contemporary art, collage
Photography of a collage with custom lighting
36X26.98 inches; 91,4X68,5 cm
2014
Dominique Paul, Merian, photography, collage, environment, male body, transformation, metamorphosis
Photography, archival pigment print on Epson Enhanced Matte paper
78X57.95 inches or 198,12 X 147,19 cm
2017
Dominique Paul, Merian, photography, collage, environment, male body, transformation, metamorphosis
Photography, archival pigment print on Epson Enhanced Matte paper
78X59.7 inches or 198,12 X 151,64 cm
2017
Dominique Paul, Merian, photography, collage, environment, male body, transformation, metamorphosis
Photography, archival pigment print on Epson Enhanced Matte paper
66X47.64 inches or 167,64 X 121 cm
2017
Dominique Paul, Merian, photography, art, botanical illustration, collage, environment, male body, transformation, metamorphosis
Photography, archival pigment print on photorag
20X14.57 inches or 50,8X37 cm
2017
Dominique Paul, Merian, photography, art, botanical illustration, collage, environment, male body, transformation, metamorphosis
Photography, archival pigment print on Epson Enhanced Matte paper
20X14.4 inches or 50,8X36,54 cm
2017
Dominique Paul, Merian, photography, collage, environment, male body, transformation, metamorphosis
20X14.44 inches or 50,8X36,67 cm
2017