Artwork #102

Thomas Athey

Dualis Admonitrix

Inkjet print on canvas, 2018

This work reflects my ongoing exploration of evolutionary principles as a model for abstract collage. Leveraging the core tenets of Universal Darwinism (inheritance, mutation and selection) my creative workflow fosters a highly competitive, survival-of-the-fittest type environment where only the strongest images can thrive and propagate. In this context, the artist’s role is that of a pseudo-geneticist who mixes and matches elementary content (photographs, in my case) to synthesize new artifacts. As I’m confronted with difficult decisions during the artistic process, I ask myself “what would evolution do?”