As a graduate student I had the opportunity to work in a biological
research facility to create an artistic project that examined
tensions arising from animal use in contemporary medical research.
The resulting work, may the mice bite me if it is not true focuses
on mice used in science to model human diseases. This work re-contextualizes
laboratory animals and relocates them into a field of cultural
and philosophical study. The work consists of four mice positioned
as living portraits of people who have died from conditions that
these mice were developed to model. The resulting mouse portraits
were of: Franz Kafka (tuberculosis), Joseph Beuys (natural causes),
Felix Gonzalez-Torres (compromised immune system) and Gilles
Deleuze (lung cancer).