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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2013.20
People
Frank Noelker, American (born 1958)
Title
Rachel
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Chimp Portraits
Classification
Photographs
Work Type
photograph
Date
2002
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/348044
Physical Descriptions
Technique
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
sight: 70.3 x 70 cm (27 11/16 x 27 9/16 in.)
Provenance
Frank Noelker, 2002, sold; [through Howard Yezerski Gallery, 2003]; to Jonathan Cutler and John R. Dreyer, Brookline, MA, (2003-2013), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2013.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Jonathan Cutler and John R. Dreyer
Copyright
© Frank Noelker
Accession Year
2013
Object Number
2013.20
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Born November 30, 1982. Before Rachel was deposited at LEMSIP she lived as a pet in Florida where she was treated as a human child, dressed in clothes and given bubble baths. When she was three years old, her 'nanny' brought her to the lab. She spent the next 11 years living in isolation as a research subject. During this time she was anesthetized 235 times, 147 of these by dart. She endured 39 punch liver biopsies as a subject of Hepatitis research and underwent surgery for the testing of new artificial sweeteners for NutraSweet. She fell into an extended period of depression and was treated repeatedly for rashes and sores on her neck and wrists inflicted on herself during anxiety attacks. She also suffers from the 'phantom hand' syndrome, which has caused her to bite all of her nails to the quick, rubbing them until there is nothing left.

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