Chloe Darke


Upperville, VA, United States

5.5" x 5.5" x 5.5"

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The division between fiction and reality can be a struggle to distinguish. From Cabinets of Curiosity of the past to deep fakes that flood social media, people feverishly consume these fictional narratives and are often duped into believing in their authenticity. Misinformation is quickly circulated and promulgated. My work is centered on the activities that take place in a fictional laboratory or examination room. These environments are where the microscopic world is augmented and made easily observable. The body can be observed and manipulated. This piece is part of a series that references an assortment of instruments and surgical tools of the past. The objects have no specific function and are fantastical, ambiguous, and/or impractical.

Chloe Darke received her BFA in Metalsmithing & Jewelry from Maine College of Art and her MFA in Metals from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her coworkers from Old Newbury Crafters are featured in an episode of the PBS television series Craft in America entitled "Forge." She is currently based in Upperville, Virginia.

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