“The reality of evolution is no longer in doubt these days. Every species - animal, plant, or microorganism - change over time. Worms and microbes are not generated spontaneously from organic matter. All creatures alive today are descended from a population of single cell organisms that lived some billions of years ago” (De Panafieu, Jean-Baptiste and Patrick Gries. Evolution. 2011).
Most creatures we are familiar with today are our contemporaries. We saw them as driven by life. Each has its beauty, grace, and complexity to adapt the nature, in a meanwhile, enrich the world. But when we are speculatively looking into the future, how will they evolve hundreds or thousands of years later? As Darwin described his theory with the summary phrase “descent with modification”, continuous variation within species, natural and sexual selection used to be the main composites of the modification. While human beings start to play a more critical role in the selection process. Both in the way of shaping the living environment and in the form of human selection and domestication.
I did a series of drawings to demonstrate what animals may descend in the future. I used the modern and our contemporary environment as the context, then modify the animals. One series is about insects. Insects evolve some new organs and structure to catch the preys, hide in the cities or adapt to live in the current environment. Another series is about chairs. Different animals are bred into various shapes of the chair which symbolize people selecting animals for their purposes.