collage and drawing on vellum 2018 30”h, 22”w
The images used are the result of the first time the tulip genome was sequenced using Oxford Nanapore technology, thanks to a geneticist from Leiden, NL.
The collaged DNA sequences express the variegated petals that were the most desired during Tulipmania. Three centuries later, scientists understood this variation in a tulip’s petals was the result of a virus that caused mutations to the tulip genome. The prints are black text on white background and vice versa to illustrate the binary aspect of a gene; it is either on or off.