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The Codex & The Helix: Book Arts Exploring Evolution: Random Drift

In February of 2009, Foley Library marked the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, with a small collection of original juried artist's books that faithfully portray the science behin

Random Drift

by Johanne C. Renbeck

Artist's Statement:

Chance is such a big player in my creative life that I was taken with the role of chance in random genetic drift.  I made a suite of three little accordion books that wordlessly illustrate the process.  For example, in one book, I used colored threads to represent three genes.  Holes torn in the paper represent disasters that destroy members of the population who by chance are the only ones carrying one of the three genes.  

Made with embossed and tooled Canson and Somerset papers and with linen threads.

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