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Specimen Hide (Branco Brasileiro) (2021)

Specimen Hide (Branco Brasileiro) (2021)

Cole Swanson

Specimen Hide (Branco Brasileiro)


hand-prepared mineral pigments on wasli paper

3 x 2 ½ inches (image size), 7 x 7 x 2 ½ inches (frame size)


This collection of miniature paintings investigates historical relations between species by engaging alternative presentation methods. Widely accessible as decorative throws, cattle hides are represented in miniature as entomological specimens. By destabilizing conventions of scale, materials, and orientation, these works question dominant consumption systems and their sociocultural antecedents.


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