Dr Dmitri Logunov of Manchester Museum has been working closely with Tracy Hurst, a Visual Arts student at Salford University. She is creating a piece of artwork focussing on self portraits. However, these are not paintings or drawings.
Tracy invites people, curators, artists, students and complete strangers to chew a piece of bubbly gum. She takes the chewed gum and creates stone plaster versions. Each piece of sculpture is classified using the three label system employed by entomologists. The pieces are then pinned into a wooden collectors case.
Each specimen has a latin name created for them, in Dr Dmitri Logunov’s case it is, ‘dimitri-vir ingenious de cimex,’ his Accession Lot Number is, F3313, the locality is ‘Manchester Museum’ and the habitat is classed as ‘Naphthalene’.
The work is still in progress but will be available to be viewed by the public at Salford University from 3rd June 2010.