Variants of Concern

A series of 89 shrinkies made at the commencement of my artist-in-residence at QBI. The Variants of Concern (VoC) are the cousins of the Sydney Ducks, the project that I began immediately prior to my arrival in San Francisco, and which runs in parallel to my work there. VoC are the mutant offspring of the Sydney Ducks. Mutants both in my capacity to draw from memory, and the slippage that involves, and in the distortions that happen when they are baked and shrink.  

There is also a selective pressure at work. I began with about 140, many of which folded, curled, stuck to themselves or otherwise failed in the oven. This evolutionary effect is extended in the video, which morphs each VoC with its AI-generated others.

Some of the individual morphs: