“Life is anything but tedious owing to nature’s inexhaustible richness
which... produces ever new, beautiful and fascinating forms that
provide new material to speculate and ponder over, to draw and
describe... in addition to the scientific element, it involves artistic
matters to a large degree” Ernst Haeckel
Isomorphology is a comparative, drawing based method of enquiry into the shared forms of animal, mineral and vegetable morphologies. As a holistic and visual approach to classification, Isomorphology runs parallel to scientific practice while belonging to the domain of artistic creation. It is complementary to science: addressing relationships that are left out of the scientific classification of animal, vegetable and mineral morphologies.
Drawing is a method, which can reveal the shared forms of conventionally unrelated species and the drawing process is intrinsic to the epistemological value of Isomorphology. Isomorphology has created a new context and purpose for my work with natural history specimens.
|Bilateral Symmetry||Spiral form|
|Three fold symmetry||Phallus form|
Four fold symmetry
|Five fold symmetry||Branching form|
|Six fold symmetry||Hyperbolic form|
|Radial form||Stoma form|
Fig 1: The primary forms and
symmetries of Isomorphology.
These are conceptual forms;
abstracted from nature.