Saya Woolfalk on the ImageBlog

The Empathics: Chimera, Production Still, 2013, Video, 2 min. 52 sec.

The Empathics are fictional race of women who physically metamorphose as they merge cultural identities and cross species. A chimera is both an imaginary female monster with disparate parts, and a scientific term for a genetic organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues – for example, partly male and partly female, or an artificially produced individual having tissues from several species. Woolfalk explores the beauty and violence of this hybrid condition in video, photography, painting and performance.