A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Tuesday – Sunday: 12-5
Stephen Petegorsky Photographs
November 5-29, 2015
Artist Reception: November 13: 5-8 pm
Stephen Petegorsky Statement
As a child, I was fascinated by dioramas in natural history museums. The taxidermed specimens allowed me to see animals in a way that would otherwise have been impossible, and I was captivated. Equally fascinating to me are cleared and stained specimens that combine science and art to allow interior views of animals.
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 to study the structure of the animals without having to use X-rays or dissection.
These specimens allow a remarkable view of the poetic and lyrical aspects of morphology. They serve as 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.
Stephen Petegorsky website