The Animal Kingdom project brings together a stunning exploration of Victorian and Edwardian Natural History specimens, utilizing the process of stereoscopy—developed in the 1800s to create the illusion of viewing photographic images in three dimensions. The enjoyment of stereoscope cards was hugely popular from the 1850s, through to the end of Queen Victoria's reign, and is often likened in popularity to that of television in the 1950s–1960s.
Naughten brings stereoscopy into contemporary art, producing photographs large enough to hang on the wall, and view as a shared experience. He has constructed the photographs, so that they can be appreciated just as they are, or in full 3-dimensions with a stereoscope viewer.
The artist gained access to the collections held by several notable museums in the United Kingdom, including the Oxford Museum of Natural History and the Horniman Museum and Gardens. the choice of subject stems from Naughten's boyhood fascination with museum dioramas, depicting all manner of once-lived specimens, and also serves as a marriage between art and science.
Naughten made 50 photographs, incorporating ten each of sea creatures, reptiles, mammals, birds and primates.
17.25" x 22.25" image | 20" x 24" sheet | Edition: 10+2AP
28.5" x 36.75" image | 30" x 40" sheet | Edition: 5+2AP
Archival Pigment Print