Katharine says: I have been drawing and making prints of insects for the last 18 years. I am amazed by these creatures that are often ignored but are so important to our environment. This image is from a series focusing on drawings and prints of clockwork invertebrates and plants.
I am exploring the idea of re-making nature by envisioning clockwork versions of small, delicate species. Proponents of de-extinction believe that we can use DNA-splicing technology to re-create any species that have gone extinct. This brings up several moral and ethical questions-- for example, why bother to conserve species if we can just make them again at some point in the future? If we re-create an extinct species using DNA is it truly that species, or is it something else? Just because we CAN do something really technologically advanced, should we?
I don't have the answer to these questions, but I like thinking about how humans interact with the natural world. I create art and write about these kinds of questions.