Chimera Projects dives deep. 

Grief as the rebuilding of community. Gardening as revolution. Dioramas as vessels for the unacceptable. Artists Lee and Andrew Fearnside use creative practices to investigate, report on, and transform issues that matter to all of us. Dive deep with us into our current project, O! Relentless Death!


Lee Fearnside

Lee (below right, printing) lives outside of Luckey, Ohio with her wife, their son, two dogs, nine chickens and a guppy. She is an artist, photographer, educator and curator. She earned a MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design and an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the Midwest, New England, and the Southwest.

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Andrew Fearnside

Andrew Fearnside (below left, printing) is a New Mexico painter guided by interests in psychology, spiritual practices and conversation. After completing a BFA in painting and drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in his native Boston, he made paintings and performances and found work as a designer, dancer, teacher and psychotherapist. He has shown with Bryce Hample at the Open Space Visitor Center, and with Gail Gering at Page Coleman Gallery. He has been juried into group shows in Albuquerque, Denver and the Houston area.

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Upcoming Projects


Two years ago, Facebook calculated that humans (in the US) were now 3.46 “degrees,” not 6.0 “degrees,” of separation from each other.  How does that affect our ideas of community? What does it mean to change community in this digital era? 

Chimera Projects’ artists, Lee and Andrew Fearnside, will each choose three people they are personally “connected” to AND whom they believe are community change-makers. We’ll interview each of them, and one of each artist’s group of three will become the subject of an image, to be published alongside an edited version of their interview in an upcoming book. At the end of each interview, the artists will ask for three referrals from each subject, giving us nine new friends-of-friends to contact and interview. We’ll continue this process until we have traveled 3.46 (or four, just to avoid cutting folks up) degrees of separation away from our first circles. 


Natural History museums used to create elaborate dioramas to illustrate extinct species within their habitats, or non-western peoples in traditional dwellings and costumes. These politically-loaded scenes were presented as neutral, without narration, and yet often said more about their creators and their time than the objects, people and creatures presented. Chimera Project artists explore the diorama to discuss ideas about mass extinction, climate change and denial of science. 

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