symmetrical biomorphs

Concurrent with work on the Ex ovo series shown here in the neighbouring gallery, I worked throughout 1997 on a large presentation of ‘symmetrical biomorphs’, a term adapted from Richard Dawkins. These made use of a similar combination of determinism and opportunism to dictate the forms and here also the methods of creation reflected directly upon the subject matter of evolution and form divergence.

A variety of symmetrical pen drawings of roughly equal size were made on translucent paper. These were then layered over each other, partly by chance but mainly by design choice, creating hybrid forms and suggesting evolutionary variations. The theme of natural selection was here parodied by the 'survival of the most aesthetically pleasing'