The ancient Chinese zodiac is comprised of a cycle of twelve animal signs associated with birth years. They are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Cock, Dog and Boar. A person is believed to exhibit behavioral and personality traits, sometimes even physical characteristics, relative to the animal year during which he or she was born.
In the twelve portraits of the "Manimals" series, the artist Daniel Lee interprets the Chinese zodiac in contemporary terms through computer manipulation of photographic images. Each portrait represents the animal sign of that person. The "Manimals" series is composed of twelve 24"X30" color photographs. The original images were photographed with Ektachrome in medium format camera, then converted digitally and rearranged on a Macintosh Quadra 950, using Adobe Photoshop software.
"Year of the Ox" was included in the exhibition "Photography and the Human Soul, 1850 - 2000" at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2000 and "Future Face" at the Science Museum in London, 2005. The series of “Manimals” was featured in "Animal Instincts", 2004 at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA, "Facing Difference" at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan 2005 and “In Vivo In Virto, Ergostasio Center, Athens, Greece, 2006.