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GENETIC MANIPULATION

1999

Ghent, Knokke, Belgium

 

From an early age, the artist used animals in his drawings. The manipulation of animals is a common thread in his story, which he often incorporates in his art projects.

In 1999, genetic manipulation has driven him to create a theme. He started from the image of a cow and wondered what possibilities existed concerning genetic manipulation. The goal was to give a visual image of what could await us within x number of years. At the University of Ghent, he learned about the possibilities of genetic engineering: it was completely possible to genetically manipulate a cow's fur.

He visited several farms to select the best breeds of cows, the only condition being that the animals had a white fur. He had these cows set up by a taxidermist and painted them, to create his caricatures that may one day become reality, by using genetic manipulation.

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