by Jose Snook


Mimesis first began when I became fascinated by the cryptic camouflage of insects and the environmentally activated changes of many invertebrate species. I started to think about how human actions may alter evolution, as observed in peppered moth populations when air pollution in industrial cities resulted in darker coloured moths becoming dominant. Later I came across the work of knowledge artist Cornelia Hesse-Honegger who made extensive field studies of mutations in invertebrates observed in the Chernobyl nuclear fallout zone. I found this project to be both beautiful and chilling.

With all this in mind, I decided to make photographic works as a way to imagine and explore mutation in insects. I began experimenting with photographs of fallen and decaying leaves to see what new species of leaf insects might evolve as a result of my manipulations. The image Musca sp. is one of those early experiments.

In 2018, my home county of Northumberland had one of the hottest and driest summers on record. Local flora was severely impacted by this weather. Sycamore and Cherry trees suffered, their leaves withering on branches and falling off completely by July. This motivated me to revisit the Mimesis project with urgency, to imagine how insects might respond to changes in the plants within their habitats, and how the insects might evolve to camouflage themselves in this changing environment.


In and Out of the Frame
Joyce Reinertson

In this whimsical and humorous conceptual series, I was intrigued by the idea of using different frames enabling me to put the cats in the frames without any confinement.

Life at the Zoo
Michael George

Life at the Zoo is a series that takes viewers for a behind-the-scenes look at everything that happens at the zoo that they normally do not get to see.

Alice Zilberberg

In this series, Zilberberg creates animal montages as an expression of self-therapy.