view additional image 1
View in a Room ArtworkView in a Room Background
Transpose (diptych)
Transpose (detail)
Transpose (detail)


Transpose (diptych) Collage

Michelle-Marie Letelier


Collage, Taxidermy on Paper

Size: 17.7 W x 13.8 H x 2 D in

Ships in a Box


Shipping included

14-day satisfaction guarantee

 Trustpilot Score

Artist Recognition

link - Artist featured in a collection

Artist featured in a collection

About The Artwork

Salmo Salar bones, coal, graphite and saltpetre on paper dimensions variable 2016 These pieces correspond to a current exploration into the framework of the fishing industry, specifically the Atlantic salmon aquaculture, in which Norway is the leading exporter followed by Chile, despite the fact that in Chile there are no native anadromous salmon stocks. The relationship between these two countries in this regard and the inconsistent consequences of their extractionism, has revealed a series of notions regarding the manipulation of maritime living resources and geopolitical affairs. Transpose is a series of compositions that bring together three natural resources, swapped in time, from geographies marked by maritime motion. A commercially discarded head of an Atlantic salmon is dissected in order to preserve and crystalize its jawbone using saltpetre; an ambivalent nitrate imprinted in the history of maritime navigation and military tactics, also commonly used today to preserve processed meats. The bone of the salmon is a reminder that after all, living and non-living resources are constantly transposed in our Gaian biosphere, impacting each other in a determinant way, in order to become part of the same geological testimony. Exhibited at Kurant, Tromsø, Norway

Details & Dimensions

Multi-paneled Collage:Taxidermy on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:17.7 W x 13.8 H x 2 D in

Number of Panels:2

Shipping & Returns

Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.

Michelle-Marie Letelier (Chile, 1977) lives and works in Berlin. Her work orchestrates transformations of natural resources, alongside extensive wide-ranging, interdisciplinary research into the landscapes where their exploitation and speculation take place. Through her work, she places together different epochs, regions and societies, examining political-economic, historical and cultural aspects. Since establishing in Berlin in 2007, she has focused her research on five resources: coal, copper, saltpetre, wind and, more recently, salmon. By applying, mixing and constellating their properties—such as electrical conductivity, crystallisation and agency—, chemical and physical transformation processes produce the artworks themselves, as well as their poiesis, beyond the extractive industry and its forms of control. Michelle-Marie Letelier obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the Universidad Católica de Chile in 2000 and has participated in postgraduate programmes such as Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt art IT (Berlin) and as guest student in the Experimental Media Design studies at the Universität der Künste (Berlin). Her work has been shown internationally in biennials, galleries, museums and institutions, among others: Or Gallery (Vancouver); Gropius-Bau (Berlin); Kunstmuseum Bonn; Stanislavsky Electrotheatre (Moscow); Screen City Biennial 2019 (Stavanger); Bienal Sur 2017 (Buenos Aires); El Museo de Los Sures (New York); Kunsthall 3,14 (Bergen); Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (Santiago); Errant Bodies (Berlin); Museum of Contemporary Art (Santiago); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Santiago) and Kommunale Galerie Charlottenburg (Berlin). She has been a resident at ISCP (NYC, 2014), USF (Bergen, 2017), Kunstnerhuset (Svolvær, 2018), Magallanes2020 (Punta Arenas, 2018), ISLA (Antofagasta, 2018) and Troms fylkeskultursenter (Tromsø, 2019).

Artist Recognition

Artist featured in a collection

Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection

Thousands Of Five-Star Reviews

We deliver world-class customer service to all of our art buyers.

Global Selection

Explore an unparalleled artwork selection by artists from around the world.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Our 14-day satisfaction guarantee allows you to buy with confidence.

Support An Artist With Every Purchase

We pay our artists more on every sale than other galleries.

Need More Help?

Enjoy Complimentary Art Advisory Contact Customer Support