Painted to depict the vitality and unpredictability of the partnership between DNA and water, the informational traffic and the contextual waterways, of living systems. A riverine snake, with DNA markings, guards a water-hole in a desert of sand particles blown into waves. Pebbles at the edge of the water, modelled on the “stone cells” (“sclereids”) that make pears gritty, are separate, yet interconnected via their cores. A goat skull and a fish out of water show the effect of exposure to dryness.
How do we react to the snake? Do we attempt to control and predict its movements? Do we recoil from it? Do we relate ourselves to it? Which of these reactions promises most, or most threatens our quality of life?