Mia Capodilupo - September 2008



1. the offspring of two animals or plants of different breeds,

    varieties, species, or genera, esp. as produced through human

    manipulation for specific genetic characteristics.

2. a person or group of persons produced by the interaction or

    crossbreeding of two unlike cultures, traditions, etc.

3. anything derived from heterogeneous sources, or composed of elements

    of different or incongruous kinds: a hybrid of the academic and

    business worlds.

4. a word composed of elements originally drawn from different

    languages, as television, whose components come from Greek and Latin.


5. bred from two distinct races, breeds, varieties, species, or genera.

6. composite; formed or composed of heterogeneous elements.

7. composed of elements originally drawn from different languages, as a


In this work I use these definitions of “hybrid” as a starting point for these

newest series of sculptures.  I bring together disparate elements from parts

of nature and culture such as real and cast plants, found and cast everyday

objects, opposing materials, animal imagery and industrial materials such as

car and machine parts to create a series of fantastic creatures.

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Mia Capodilupo - June 2007

June 2007


The Garden of Eden

I have used steel, fabrics, foam, cast rubber, clay and plaster, food

and castings of real plants to create the Garden of Eden, an installation

that transports the viewer to a seductive, unknown and contradictory fantasy world that is beautiful and dangerous. The installation investigates the primal idea of the Garden of Eden, paradise or a utopia, our perennial

longing to return or escape to such a place.

The piece is made of synthetic products that reflect hours of human

labor (including the artist’s, in the hundreds of cast and string-wrapped

individual pieces) but as a whole references natural formations. It combines human-made elements of the urban landscape with the forms of nature, becoming an oasis or imaginary world within a busy city street/ neighborhood while also turning familiar objects into a strange alien world where the viewer might escape the ordinary and mundane.