Repetition Evolves – photography (118 x 84 cm)
Repetition is the common mechanism to both Art and Evolution: art and genes are copied into further generations. Only by imitating/repeating others’ work and techniques, artists reach create new art. Similarly, only by repeating and conveying our genetic material, evolution can generate a new being.
‘Repetition Evolves’ reflects on the correspondence between culture/nurture and the secretive world of the artists’ “spontaneous” creativity. Here, the central figure depicts a young woman emulating a double helix of DNA emerging from a repeated pattern. She is the embodiment of survival and creativity; a new artwork and a new being emanating from a trace of lifeless repetitions.
This photography was created using brushes of light against a body surface during a long exposure. The composition is inspired by the work of Caspar Friedrich, Escher, and conversations with Mark Thomas, professor of Evolutionary Genetics.
© Copyright 2021, Alejandro Galvez-Pol