Michael Mapes

Fragmented Portraiture

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Michael Mapes was educated as a graphic designer and later received a Masters's degree with an emphasis on studio art. For most of his works, Michael Mapes deconstructs the source image literally and figuratively and reconstructs the representation of an original painting as a collection of hundreds of individual parts. Beyond prints of the actual painting, Mapes incorporates factual and fictionalized content utilizing entomological and forensic approaches. This content includes genealogy info, costume jewelry, clothing fragments, fabric samples, dental X-rays, fingerprints, hair samples, paint samples, and additional photos of human subjects.

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