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Michael is a an artist who has harnessed the power of digital tools to create a wide range of sculptures, installations, animations and interactive pieces. Michael has exhibited in a range of venues domestically and internationally including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Sculptor Michael Rees (b. 1958) uses rapid prototyping to create objects that borrow from medical anatomy for an exploration of what he refers to as 'spiritual/psychological anatomy'. In Rees's Anja Spine series, anatomical elements and organic forms, such as a spine with ears protruding from it, are woven into complex sculptural structures, which raise questions about the scientific validation of a sensuality that transcends the known structure of the body. Rees uses science and its imagery as a way of weaving systems, both analytical and intuitive. 'Anja' is the Hindu term for the sixth of the Chakras, energy centers that are openings for life energy and vitalize the physical body to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. The word 'Anja' means 'command', in the sense of spiritual guidance and, while still part of embodied existence, is associated with the most subtle elements.