We spotted Frederik as we entered the Creation Evidence Museum in Texas.
There was an Amish family admiring a large replica of Noah´s Ark, generously equipped with all kinds of animals and a pair of friendly T. Rex. A group of kids were watching a video lesson on the atmospheric pressure of the Pre-Flood world, which enabled dinosaurs to reach full stature 6000 years ago. And there was Frederik, photographing a museum display of a fantastic bird with a beak full of teeth. It was an awkward moment and for just one second of uncertainty, we weren’t sure if he was the designated photographer of the museum. Frederik is working on a project exploring how reality comes into being.
He’s interested in naturalistic representations of reality such as wax figures and landscape tableaux in natural history museums and medical collections.
He calls this project Wax Rubber Skin.
In his work, photography is encapsulated in a form of circular reasoning:
It is the instrument through which he discovers and comes to understand the constructions that oscillate on the edge between representation and reality.
And it is itself a medium that makes reality.
© Wax Rubber Skin by Frederik Petersen. 2015