My work emerges from the confluence of scientist and artist. I explore concepts of ecological and aesthetic functionality by recreating elements of the earth's biota as art forms. I draw inspiration from different levels of bio-organization: dynamics of populations, single organisms, specific features, and cellular configurations.

As organisms' forms are translated into clay, I alter their scale and morphology as well... exaggerating patterns and protrusions, manipulating edges, accentuating folds, deepening shadows, and embellishing textures. Ultimately, my mind supersedes natural selection in driving the evolution of these creatures. Each is influenced by imagination and emotion, limited by medium and construction techniques.

My ceramics invite contemplation of humankind's relationship with Nature and often leave my audience wondering which aspects of the organisms I create are "real" and which are products of my imagination.

Images © Rebecca Degagne