Department of Biology
a constellation of vital phenomena
Medium: Mixed Media
Human history is written in our genes. Because every population has its own unique evolutionary history, different patterns of genetic diversity can be found in each population. Over time, the evolutionary forces of mutation, natural selection, and random chance cause populations to drift apart. Despite these differences, we are all connected. Humans move between populations, and when this happens, they bring their genes with them. This gene flow acts as a bridge to connect populations together. In this sculpture, a collaged constellation of images capture various humans and landscapes from around the world. There is a constant state of movement within this piece drawing direct connections to gene flow and the movement of humans between divergent populations.