Gemma Anderson

http://www.gemma-anderson.co.uk/image/isomorphology/

When art and science meet! trying to get a visual understanding of how this can be communicated. Gemma Anderson is a key example of a contemporary artist who explores this method.  This post is to help me get an understanding, that could potentially help me push my current project looking at cell structures move forward.

“Isomorphology (Anderson, 2013) is a comparative, drawing based method of enquiry into the shared forms of animal, mineral and vegetable morphologies. As a holistic and visual approach to classification, Isomorphology runs parallel to scientific practice while belonging to the domain of artistic creation. It is complementary to science: addressing relationships that are left out of the scientific classification of animal, vegetable and mineral morphologies.” More information about the following series of copper etchings can be found here www.isomorphology.com

Anderson explores the method of Isomorphology but what does this mean?

“Isomorphology is a comparative, drawing based method of enquiry into the shared forms of animal, mineral and vegetable morphologies. As a holistic and visual approach to classification, Isomorphology runs parallel to scientific practice while belonging to the domain of artistic creation. It is complementary to science: addressing relationships that are left out of the scientific classification of animal, vegetable and mineral morphologies.

Drawing is a method, which can reveal the shared forms of conventionally unrelated species and the drawing process is intrinsic to the epistemological value of Isomorphology. Isomorphology has created a new context and purpose for my work with natural history specimens.”

Bilateral Symmetry Spiral form
Three fold symmetry Phallus form
Four fold symmetry Hexagonal form
Five fold symmetry Branching form
Six fold symmetry Hyperbolic form
Radial form Stoma form
Knot form

Fig 1: The primary forms and
symmetries of Isomorphology.
These are conceptual forms;
abstracted from nature.


Its all about symmetry within nature, which is a natural process, what is interesting is the play on this process that Anderson explores. Creating drawings from symmetry within nature layering and combining hence creating these forms of  Isomorphology.


http://www.isomorphology.com/04iso-scientific.html

offers an alternative and visual approach to classification and acts as a reminder that there are many possible ways to find order in the world. Isomorphology is not a science, a theory or a belief system, it is a creative study. As such, it has epistemological value as a holistic study of symmetries and forms.

While connected to and derived from the observable, Isomorphology is a symbolic system and mode of abstraction. It can be understood as a visual language, which is coextensive with other modes of classification.

Isomorphology inspiration diagram

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