Screenprint, 2017, 22"w x 30"h
Charles Darwin, in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, wrote, “No other member in the whole class of mammals is coloured in so extraordinary a manner as the adult male mandrills.” How has natural beauty been acquired, and what is its purpose? Darwin rejected the idea that beauty in nature is merely an arbitrary outcome of physical forces. He believed that the beautiful colors and diversified patterns we see in butterflies, moths, fish, birds and other creatures must be beneficial in some way.
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