Acer-auchenorrhyncha by Jose Snook

 Acer-auchenorrhyncha by Jose Snook

Acer-auchenorrhyncha by Jose Snook is one of a series of three separate pieces all with the same focus and can be found on Riverside Precinct. Snook says about her work: “Prior to creating the images on display I was taking time-lapse photographs of autumn leaves: as they shrivelled and crumbled they seemed both animal & vegetable like. Later whilst walking my dogs I stumbled upon a Lilac Beauty moth that at first I mistook for a dead leaf. The collision of these 2 experiences led me to consider the processes of Natural Selection by which mimetic insects have evolved to imitate elements of their habitat. I started to experiment with my own process of "natural" selection using photographs & 3D software. Random algorithms were refined until crumbling sycamore and decaying oak leaf formed legs, antennae, thorax and wings or carapace until new species of leaf insects evolved. "Jose has a degree in Zoology & M.A in Fine Art. Her work is often influenced by a lifelong interest in biology and her relationship to the natural world. Jose Snook lives in Northumberland where she works making images, music & sound art. Prior to returning home to the Cheviot hills Jose worked for many years in Rotherham as lecturer in Photography at R.C.A.T. and Multimedia project manager for Rotherham Young People's Services.

May, 31, 2015

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