INESSA KALABEKOVA

“Tree of Life” tapestry. LUCA (the Last Universal Common Ancestor)

Yesterday, during my morning jog, I happened upon a dried palm branch which inspired the final touches of my latest creation: the “Tree of Life” tapestry. In this artwork, I’ve represented LUCA (the Last Universal Common Ancestor) as the sturdy trunk, while the branches symbolize the three primary domains of life: Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya.

The tapestry serves as a visual metaphor for the interconnectedness of life, underscoring our shared origins and the remarkable diversity found on Earth. Through the intricate weaving of threads, it offers a nuanced reflection on evolutionary processes, illustrating the complexity and interdependence inherent in the natural world.

My creative process was influenced by the principles espoused by William Morris, an advocate for the craftsmanship and significance of handmade artistry. By imbuing my work with a personal touch, I sought to imbue it with a sense of authenticity and depth. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, this tapestry encourages contemplation of existential themes, prompting viewers to ponder the profound intricacies of existence.

Twenty squares, each measuring 30 by 30, are meticulously sewn onto the tapestry. Amidst these squares, the Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) is delicately applied, depicted as a thin line, subtly integrated into the design, not immediately noticeable upon first glance. This subtle representation of LUCA adds a layer of depth and intrigue to the overall composition, inviting viewers to engage more closely with the artwork and discover its hidden elements.

 

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