We visited with Joe Peragine [pear-uh-genie]  in his studio as he readies work that will appear in the Zuckerman Museum of Art‘s upcoming exhibition “Transitions: States of Being.” Opening on September 10, “Transitions” analyzes how the recontextualization of cultural artifacts changes value and understanding. Peragine’s haphazard taxidermy and chimerical creatures, derived from the tradition of museum dioramas, speak literally and metaphorically to “how we kill nature by embracing it.” The artist is also inspired by the quasi-science that existed at the turn-of-the-last-century, especially in the form of dime museums.