animalis polyedae IX

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animalis polyedae IX by Volker Hermes

The Story

Evolution has shaped seals perfectly to their habitat. In this original drawing you can literally see how the artist wanted to document exactly this smooth shape. Polyhedra, however, do not evolve. Their regularity is fixed and there is no feeling for a particular surface. This contrast attracted me to combine the forms so that it actually seems possible.


My collages are based on historical drawings of animals, either from early scientific expeditions or natural history studies. Using image processing, I transform individual parts of the drawn animal bodies into geometric shapes. In a final step, I combine the original drawing and the polyhedron to create a hybrid new animal.