Artist: Dominque Russell Dominique is an artist who lives and works in London. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2013 and has an MA with Distinction in Museum Studies from UCL. Her work has recently been shown at the Conway Hall as part of Philosophy Now’s ‘Cultural Salon’ and in ‘Collections of Collections’ at the V&A Museum. Dominique has worked at Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, and she is currently a collections assistant at the Science Museum. www.dominiquerussell.com
Original object: Bird of Paradise Skin, C19th, Natural History Museum, Tring, Image © Natalie Lawrence
Researcher: Natalie Lawrence Natalie is a PhD student at the History and Philosophy of Science Department, University of Cambridge, and has recently submitted her thesis, entitled ‘Monstrous Assembly: Constructing Exotic Animals in Early Modern Europe’. Her chosen object, a nineteenth-century Bird of Paradise skin, recalls the broken and degraded parts of animals that were brought to early modern Europe as specimens and commodities.