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In my current series, Swarm, I am exploring the concept of emergent intelligence within hive-minded species. I am taking this on through experimentation with color and composition of various swarming organisms. The forms imitate the nature of each species presented on top of flat, ambiguous backgrounds that play off of their natural colors. Through my technical choices, I attempt to generate common reactions associated with the swarms, which most commonly deal with fear and anxiety, all while maintaining the viewer’s attraction to the pieces. I aim to change my audience’s perspective. Instead of viewing these occurrences in fear, we can learn to admire their beauty and grace. I wish to also challenge my audience with questions. Who is the leader? What makes these individuals unique?
I believe that we can learn and solve many of our environmental and social problems by studying nature, and even something as small as one individual’s change in perspective can catalyze global change, just as the smallest ant is an integral piece to the success of his extremely large colony.