Liger, Zeedonk, Habit, Beefalo, Cama, 2009
Etching and aquatint
Printed on Honsarashi Kozo 34gsm in editions of 10
plus 1 artist’s proof and 1 printer’s proof
Paper: 38.5 x 54 cm | 15 1/8 x 21 1/4 in
This series of five etchings explores the genetic rules that were formulated by the evolutionary biologist, J.B.S Haldane, which states: When in the offspring of two different animal races one sex is absent, rare, or sterile, that sex is the heterozygous (heterogametic) sex.
Wilson became gripped with the notion that the ‘creator’, or whatever controls these things, allows the cross-breeding to go so far, yet the product will never be able to reproduce; there can only be the one singular individual animal. Liger, Zeedonk, Habit, Beefalo, Cama are Wilson’s realisation of genetic anomalies in response to Haldane’s rule.