animalis polyedae XII

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animalis polyedae XII by Volker Hermes

The Story

It happens with these historical animal drawings that they are not formally represented correctly, but that completely different sides are shown at once in one representation. This is due to the fact that scientific interest in an animal species takes preference over correct realistic representation. Since polyhedra are regular, if you look at the front side, you know precisely what the back side looks like. It is exactly the same. Obviously this is not the case with animals, which is an exciting starting point for this collage.


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.