Isomorphology demands close observation of each specimen and I would like to thank all the people at the Natural History Museum, University College London and Kew Gardens who have allowed me the necessary access and time to work with the collections.

About the artist

Born in 1981 in Belfast, Gemma Anderson graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007. She completed a practice-based PhD studentship at the University of the Arts London and University College Falmouth in 2015 and has been a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at Imperial College London. In 2016 she won an AHRC award for the art/science/philosophy project 'Representing Biology as Process' with philosopher John Dupre and cell biologist James Wakefield (2017-2021) and has published two peer review books with Intellect Press 'Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science' (2017) and 'Drawing Processes of Life' (2023).


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