In H.G. Wellss The Island of Dr. Moreau, a nut-bag scientist upsets the balance of nature by grafting animal parts onto human beings, creating a schizzy breed of mutants that made the readers hair stand on end.
Students and faculty of the Miami International University of Art & Design have ripped a page from the sci-fi classic and hatched their own crossbreed experiments with equally bizarre flair. Manimalism, opening today at 4:00 at the universitys main gallery, features more than twenty animal/human hybrid characters that curator and sculpture instructor Brian Hiveley says, reveal inner truths about society, personal relationships, and self-awareness.
Some of the unusual figures on display include a clammy frogman, a squidboy decked out as a cowpoke, a regal swan diva, and a potbellied, pig-faced pug. Hiveley believes visitors may find a little bit of themselves in some of the figures. Or maybe theyll come away with notions that Borat has been getting chummy with livestock again. On exhibit through November 22.