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“On this Earth” features Genevieve Flynn and Sarah Hearn. Both of these artists deliberately depict their own interpretation of investigations of biological life. Through 3-D interactive sculpture and 2-D mixed media works Flynn and Hearn have manipulated the natural phenomena they are inspired by to fashion whimsical constructions. Hearn asserts that her creative practice is strongly rooted in photography, drawing, and installation. The works included in “On this Earth” combine specimens she has collected, photographed, and drawn with those she has imagined. The finished product is a microscopic lens for viewers to observe
these real species of lilliputian collaged together.A phenomena occurs by zooming in on the microtopia to give an otherworldly appearance. The vast range of color and shape challenges what we know about theses organisms that cover estimately 6% of the Earth’s land surface.
In the center of the room is a pedestal with Flynn’s fantastical oceanic creatures inspired by Ernst Haeckel, a 19th century German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, marine biologist and artist. Flynn takes the new species that Haeckel describes as muses for her new fantasy world of diatoms and radiolarian. In addition to making the work sculptural, she has incorporated
interactive elements to her metal sculpture. Flynn’s manipulation of the metal makes it appear delicate by working the material down to the size of a straight pin. In comparison, it is uncanny the likeness Flynn’s creations bear to the organisms in Haeckel’s book.