My work examines the pathways of perception. The intersections between humans, nature, and the scientific eye, and         
    how the mind and body observe, process, and internalize these intersections form the basis of my inquiry.

 

    While much of my work has evolved into the form of installation, the individual object and the objects within these    
    installations are where the ideas originate.

 

    With my work I aim to merge a visceral experience with an intellectual exploration. 

 

    The portfolio "Gifts" contains examples from a period where I began to create a kind of alchemical medicine. All at    
    once, it seems, friends and family began to have illnesses of all sorts. I decided to create replacement parts for them.
    Kidneys for Chad, who received a transplant; a uterus for Jean, whose cancer is at bay; an ear for Emily who went
    suddenly and inexplicably deaf in one ear; a heart for Bret who was in his early forties, lungs for Sylvia and for Karl,
    whose cancers won, and so on.

 

    While I was initially using extremely fragile materials in an effort to capture and examine the precarious division
    between a healthy cell and a dying one, I found that insect wings and sewn leaf skeletons deteriorated far too quickly.
    My ill friends needed sturdy parts... sturdier than what they received in the first round. I began to work with metal, and
    to encase the leaves and insects in resin.

 

    As a bit of comic relief for myself, I began the series "Gifts from the Cats". Ironically, as I was giving body parts away,
    true viscera started to be given to me. Primarily insects and mice, with the occasional rat or bird, my felines provided
    the medium. They are now imbedded in resin, enigmatic and perfectly preserved jewels. Frozen in time. The two lines
    of work--the creation of replacement parts and the preservation of the remnants of death--have become intertwined. 

 

 Follow me on Instagram: annette.goodfriend

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    My work examines the pathways of perception. The intersections between humans, nature, and the scientific eye, and         
    how the mind and body observe, process, and internalize these intersections form the basis of my inquiry.

 

    While much of my work has evolved into the form of installation, the individual object and the objects within these    
    installations are where the ideas originate.

 

    With my work I aim to merge a visceral experience with an intellectual exploration. 

 

    The portfolio "Gifts" contains examples from a period where I began to create a kind of alchemical medicine. All at    
    once, it seems, friends and family began to have illnesses of all sorts. I decided to create replacement parts for them.
    Kidneys for Chad, who received a transplant; a uterus for Jean, whose cancer is at bay; an ear for Emily who went
    suddenly and inexplicably deaf in one ear; a heart for Bret who was in his early forties, lungs for Sylvia and for Karl,
    whose cancers won, and so on.

 

    While I was initially using extremely fragile materials in an effort to capture and examine the precarious division
    between a healthy cell and a dying one, I found that insect wings and sewn leaf skeletons deteriorated far too quickly.
    My ill friends needed sturdy parts... sturdier than what they received in the first round. I began to work with metal, and
    to encase the leaves and insects in resin.

 

    As a bit of comic relief for myself, I began the series "Gifts from the Cats". Ironically, as I was giving body parts away,
    true viscera started to be given to me. Primarily insects and mice, with the occasional rat or bird, my felines provided
    the medium. They are now imbedded in resin, enigmatic and perfectly preserved jewels. Frozen in time. The two lines
    of work--the creation of replacement parts and the preservation of the remnants of death--have become intertwined. 

 

 Follow me on Instagram: annette.goodfriend

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