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Museum Anatomy

Chadwick & Spector

Museum Anatomy reinterprets female portrait paintings from the Late Renaissance to the 20th century which have been hidden or destroyed. Chadwick & Spector have worked with curators in 12 different countries to find paintings in storage facilities or museum records. The chosen paintings are re-created directly onto Chadwick’s body with theatrical stage makeup and can take up to 15 hours for Spector to complete. The portraits are often distorted and find a new identity through the female gaze. The visual ambiguity achieves what is known as multistable perception. Part performance art, part classical painting, Museum Anatomy is documented with photography, enlarged and displayed as contemporary art.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: varies
  • Medium: C-Print Photos of Paintings on the Body
  • Width: varies
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: varies

About Chadwick & Spector

Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector (Chadwick & Spector) currently reside in Houston, Texas. They have been working together since 1995. Their series, Museum Anatomy, can be seen in exhibitions and collections around the world.