Genetic Drift: Symbiont II

acrylic, dry pastel, pan pastel, charcoal, colour pencil, print on vinyl on wall, 12 x 33.4 feet, 2018

Genetic Drift is a family of three Symbionts, which share a few similar antecedents but are also deliberately distinct in their primary genetic morphology.
The base of SYMBIONT II – Cavum Oris Plantae (mouth plant) seen at Project 88 as part of Hopeful Monsters, is a composite of a variety of flowering plants and pitcher plants. All the pieces were constructed with photographs sourced from public domain sites in addition to photographs I have taken on visits to Botanical Gardens etc., in addition to scans of drawings, etching etc.   The work includes drawings both on the prints and on the wall which suggests a kind of proliferation or contamination beyond the boundary of the work.




Species List

SYMBIONT 3 – Cavum Oris
Chlorophytum comosum (Spider plant)
Musella lasiocarpa (Chinese Yellow Banana)
Bromeliaceae (the bromeliads)
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop)
Tillandsia bulbosa (Bulbous airplant)
Trimeresurus macrolepis (large scale pitviper)
Ahaetulla prasina (Asian vine snake)
Opheodrys vernalis (smooth green snake)
Chrysopelea paradisi (Paradise tree snake)
Ledebouria socialis (silver squill / wood hyacinth)
Diadophis punctatus arnyi (Prairie Ringneck Snake)
Morelia viridis (green tree python)
Carcharodon carcharias (great white shark)
Gallus gallus domesticus embryo (Chicken embryo)
Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plant)
Sarracenia (trumpet pitcher plant)
Kigelia Africana (Sausage tree)
Agalychnis callidryas (red eyed tree frog)
Angelica gigas, (Korean angelica)
Dactylotum bicolor (Rainbow Grasshopper)
Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist) (ragged lady) or (devil in the bush)
Saussurea obvallata (Brahma kamal)
Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Queen of the Night)
Pennatulacea (Sea Pens / soft coral)
Nelumbo nucifera (Lotus)
Human (heart, tendinous cords)
Scathophaga stercoraria (yellow dung fly)
Ophiuroid (Brittle star)