24" H x 14" W x 6" D
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Ceramic, Rubber, Plaster, Concrete, PVC, Leather
A chimera is a Greek mythological hybrid creature created from various different animals. The Center for Genetics and Society states, Partially human hybrid embryos have been created by fusing human cells and animal eggs, and partially human chimeric embryos have been created by injecting human embryonic stem cells into animal embryos. Most scientists want to produce such embryos only for research, and oppose experiments that would allow human-animal chimeras to be brought to term.
The prospect of human-animal chimeras troubles many people and raises troubling questions about their moral and legal status. Would a human-animal chimera have human rights? Could it be patented and owned? What if it were 99.9% human and 0.1% chimpanzee? What of the reverse situation?" In early 2017 according to The Guardian, "Scientists have created a human-pig hybrid in a milestone study that raises the prospect of being able to grow human organs inside animals for use in transplants. It marks the first time that embryos combining two large, distantly-related species have been produced. The creation of this so-called chimera – named after the cross-species beast of Greek mythology – has been hailed as a significant first step towards generating human hearts, livers and kidneys from scratch."
I have used various materials to represent this breakthrough in this piece. It will be part of a series that re-configures the young human form with other species in an artistic way.