Gynandromorph Insects

A round of textile Gynandromorph moth and butterfly sculptures! Each of these sculptures is based on a specimen that is bilaterally male and female. The male side tends to be more colorful, smaller, and (for the moths) has a more feathery antennae!

This genetic phenomenon occurs very early in chromosomal division. The first division determines right and left, the second for front and back, and the third for top and bottom. These changes happen in the earliest developmental stages of an egg, but become most apparent visually when the organism pupates (particularly for species that have dramatically different looking males and females).

These sculptures were made with custom printed fabric and faux fur.  Three were based on real specimens that I photographed in the Yale Peabody Museum collection, and the other two were based on separate male and female specimens from my own entomology collection.

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