A Cabinet of Curiosities is a collection of sculptures and drawings of an imagined natural history by Ghalib El-Khalidi. The work was created in the style and tradition of cabinets of curiosities, which were encyclopedic collections in Renaissance Europe of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined. Here the work revolves around fictional animals, insects and plants. The work includes polymer clay sculptures of various creature heads and illustrations of imaginary insects and anthropomorphized animals.
Ghalib El-Khalidi is a Palestinian-American science illustrator living and working in Maui, Hawaii. His work predominantly revolves around zoology and entomology, human sexuality and gender, and the identification of natural patterns of organization. He holds a BA in Theater and Design from Hampshire College, and an MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. He has worked in theater, video, puppetry and illustration.