In 1862, Darwin was studying the Malagasy Orchid whose nectar lay inaccessibly at the bottom of a 30cm tube. He thus predicted, that for the flower to have evolved at all, it had to be pollinated by an unidentified moth with a tongue long enough to raid this spur.
Although few believed him in 1903 the Hawksmoth was discovered.
A necessary ‘symbiosis’ upon which one species could only survive because of the existence of the other he theorised, meant they were locked in an ‘evolutionary arms race’, much like prey and predator, consumer and consumed, industrial and natural.
This dualism which is at the heart this series I believe, is also central to our evolution as a species as we seek a more compassionate, symbiotic homeostasis with our planet, our fellow species, our history and future ancestry.
Using watercolour, ink, mixed media and images inspired by life as well as AI, I am developing a narrative based on a complex systems story of the relationships between our natural world, technology, ecology and our place in all of it. Many of the titles have been drawn from poems by Richard Hore who over 21 days, drew one tarot card a day to write about.
There is a wonderful synchronicity between a universal and natural AI based on the visual interpretation of a card and our technological, reproduction of it.