Nancy Graves

*1939 in Pittsfield (MA), USA

† 1995 in New York (NY), USA

The US artist Nancy Graves (1939-1995) was intensively involved with Bactrian camels, camels and dromedaries. She deepened her knowledge of these animals through studies in natural history, anatomy and palaeontology. In 1966, the sculptor created her first life-size and hyper-realistic camel sculpture, which was to be followed by others. Parallel to the sculptures, she created drawings, paintings, films and collages, some of which have the appearance of scientific research materials, but which are at the same time autonomous works of art. Each group of motifs was preceded by an in-depth study of the respective scientific source material, and Graves’ personal reference library listed over 2,400 titles from all scientific fields after her death.