About Joz D…

Joslyn DoergeScientific Illustrator and Fine Artist



2002-2006: Bachelors of Fine Arts – The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (Scientific Illustration, minor in Philosophy)

2006: Scientific Illustration, Residency Field Museum of Chicago

2005-2006: Scientific Illustration Residency, Study Abroad Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Advanced Painting Program)


2011: Harold Arts Double Summer Residency

2011: Redmoon Theater Company Build/Welding Shop Apprenticeship

2005-2006: Field Museum of Chicago Scientific Illustration Residency


“I have spent a number of years examining the ways in which attractiveness and sexuality are valued by the observer. To that end, I seized upon the iconographic potency of the pop culture “pin-up girl.” In this case the subject is Marilyn Monroe’s final sitting before her untimely death. By applying my abilities as a scientific illustrator, I have found: a new way of exploring the themes of beauty, the value our society places on outer beauty and its temporary nature. Often when we look at the person, we see only their surface qualities and neglect to question what underlies their skin-deep beauty. My aim is to take that investigation one step further. By removing the flesh to reveal the meat is the means through which I hope to give the model back her humanity. Through this investigation, we are literally peeling back the façade of beauty and peering underneath. The removal of the flesh reminds us that we are all, under the surface, made of meat. Although sensual, there is a sense of power that these iconic final images seem to have. Reminding the audience that we are all the same underneath, we cease to objectify the model and delve into her psyche. In this case there seems to be a personal acceptance of her own physical form that is the source of her empowerment. It is through that empowered lens that the models’ gaze is then turned back on the viewer. Reminding us of our own fragility.”

-Joz D.


This series is one of wood burnings. I use many different kinds of wood. I also use crushed mineral and acrylic medium. I chose wood because its it mimics the movement of muscle tissue. This series is about stripping down to the most natural state and what is more natural than wood? I chose the crushed mineral which I apply in layers with the acrylic medium. I do this to get different effects as the light hits the piece throughout the day. In this sense the piece is ever changing as we are ever changing. I hope to use the changing of the piece as a subtle reflection of the passage of time.