Martha Maxwell's Menagerie
illustrates lists of Maxwell’s specimens made by Elliot Coues and Robert Ridgeway to create a nineteenth-century style natural history folio. Combing through existing books and images (a contemporary mediated searching) to find each animal mimics Maxwell’s hunting in the field. The creatures are pasted onto chroma-key green rectangles, a background of cinematic, imagined potential, to highlight their extraction from the environment.

Lex Thompson is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This project is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.