Saturday, August 8, 2009

Evolution Centered - Art

In Evolution Centered, the nature of creation and evolution is examined in broad strokes and bright colors. In this piece, a meandering yellow line moves across the surface of the painting in broad, winding strokes. Arranged in approximate alignment, three dense, orange circles are interspersed between the bends of the broad yellow line. These orange circles become a focal point in this piece, their central position drawing the viewer’s eyes.

The alignment of these orange circles in this painting connotes the slow, linear progression of evolution on our planet. The meandering yellow line represents the passage of time, while the orange circles represent evolutionary stages in a particular species. Evolution occurs in short bursts interspersed in longer periods of less change, a process that is captured skillfully in this painting. Though the yellow lines meander slowly across the page, revealing the passage of many years without significant evolution, the evidence of adaptive changes that indicate that evolution has taken place can be lined up to tell the story of the progression of one species through the process of evolution.

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