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Design By Sequence

     

Title:“dna dyptich”
Medium and Dimensions: 933.3 MB
Digital Photography/Imagery

A: White
C: Asian
G: Latino
T: Indian

     
     
 
     
 
     
 
   
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Statement:

What I had hoped to accomplish through this work is the physical manifestation of the notion that we all have DNA contributions from every race on the world. Though not every race is here represented, I hope the idea comes through. By combining the physical facial attributes of each race, I was representing the fact that we are all, either physically or otherwise, comprised of genes from a number of races.

In order to create this piece, I first photographed my subjects. Some of my early subjects were unusable and new subjects had to be used. Following this, I arranged and compiled the images in Adobe Photoshop® to create a starting point. I then, manually, combined the images of the four races in order to create a new, novel face. The order was determined by the DNA sequence. Since I had split up the 100 bases into groups of four, I also split up the face into four sections. The first was the hair and forehead, the second was the brow and the eyes, the third was the nose and cheekbone area, and the fourth was the mouth, chin, and ears. The distinction of which race to use for which part of the face was determined by the order in which the sequence dictated they be in. After creating, through recombination, 25 novel faces, I added a filter in Photoshop® in order to create further harmony between the different facial regions. For the mutation, I took the “normal” sequence, desaturated it, and added distortions to it. I compiled each of the pictures, along with the legend and proper labels for each picture, into a PowerPoint® presentation for ease of view.

I found that having a DNA sequence determine the structure of the faces expressed my theme perfectly. Our genes work in unpredictable ways, and, truly, I did not know how the faces would appear after they were combined. I was trying to express that we are all comprised of more than one race, as each face is here. By allowing a DNA sequence to dictate how the face was to be constructed, the combinations were random, and, quite interesting to see. My mutated sequence represents the destruction of physical attributes at the hands of mutated genes. Though many gene mutations are not expressed, my hope was to express degradation and decay as caused by genetic mutations.

 

 

Original Sequence:


GGAG
GCCA
TTGA
GCAG
TACC
GCAC
GCAG
CTCC
GCAA
CCCC
TTCC
TGCG
ACCG
CTAC
TGCA
TAGC
TTTA
TCAG
GCAA
AATG
AACT
CTTC
GCCC
GCTG
GACG

 

Mutated Sequence:

 
     
     
     

Genetic Art Proposal

 

   
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