animalis polyedae VII

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animalis polyedae VII by Volker Hermes

The Story

We can imagine that on expeditions the animals did not always wait until the artists were finished with their drawings. Sometimes a short moment had to be enough and the rest was drawn by the artist from his memory. That is why there are also early drawings that look funny and also wrong to us today. They were simply partly the result of the draughtsmen's fantasy.

Here it is about the similarities with polyhedra. These shapes are also theoretical constructions. Born out of the thoughts of mathematicians, but actually completely correct, without error.


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.