Developing project; Secret Generations
Investigating and imagining how cryptic camouflage in living organisms might evolve & adapt to the ways humans are changing our environment, exploring parallels in how humans adapt or camouflage themselves. In this project I’m asking the questions; if animals and plants in the Anthropocene epoch evolve to hide in plain sight on human made materials… Will we find new species living on our art? In which human niches might we find new species, within our homes, workspaces, and cities? What parallels are there in how social ecosystems lead humans to reveal or conceal facets of our identities? Can ideas on anthropogenic cryptic adaptions in animals make us think more deeply about our own social camouflage mechanisms? Life is nothing if not resourceful, and as humankind takes away one ecological space, it creates others… But how might we change if new species move into our spaces?
For this project I want to expand and progress ideas in my current work on this theme in a new direction. Rather than depicting imaginary species camouflaged on existing material as in my Cryptic Cards, I want to collaboratively develop material that changes during the course of the project, and imagine new species in taxonomic lineages evolving onto and in tandem with that material. There are deeper questions I want to probe through this work too. Are there parallels to crypsis and mimicry in, for example, how I evolve with my disability? How do we camouflage ourselves or information about our identities socially, and what can’t we avoid revealing? How do we conceal vulnerabilities in potentially hostile environments that we must navigate - and can we ever hide in this time of constant online connection and lost privacy? These are the ideas I want to investigate further, with the help of my sciart and disability communities. I want to make the art output accessible through online spaces used by my disabled community, as well as print/exhibition formats.