[Trans]mutations (2011 – 2012)


Melanie Ezra “Magic Carpet” 2011 [mixed media, detail]

“The complicated adaptations that we observe everywhere in nature result from the subtle, ecological relationships that organisms experience, and the elimination of those poorly equipped for the struggle of life.”           William Bynum

[Trans]mutations is a series of collages created from previously unpublished photographs. On creating the first of these parent collages a further family of ‘daughter’ collages is made. This smaller sequence attempts to recreate the original parent and whilst each species of collage is immediately identifiable from its key compositional components, other factors such as mood and environment render each daughter different and independent of the parent.

As a response to their delicate nature these pieces are provided asylum by deep open box frames; each is pinned taxonomically as if a study of an entomological species. Re-workings of each collage reinforce and enhance a fragile non-existence of a species rather than preserving the solidity of anything previously living. Framing families of species in this way draws parallels with duplication, transformation, and evolution in nature.

“Whatever the cause may be of each slight difference in the offspring from their parents… it is a steady accumulation through natural selection, of such differences… that gives rise to all the more important modifications of structure.”     Charles Darwin

This collection has been shown in the UK in 2012 and in the USA 2013. The whole [Trans]mutations collection can be viewed in detail on Pinterest and on Flickr


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  1. Pingback: Zillatron, The Iliad, and other stories | melanie ezra

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