mtDNA and Y Chromosome
Inspired by R. Cann, A. Wilson, and M. Stoneking’s classic 1987 paper tracing ancient female lineage in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Fellman created the mother-of-us-all as a young fertility figure. She is growing the helix in her garden while petroglyphs and chromosomes dance around her.
The male lineage is traced by mutations in the SRY gene on the Y chromosome. This portrait of a young man from the South African San people could resemble our ancient male ancestors for the San have the most complex and deepest ancestry of people alive today.
Asian, African, and European figures dance on a helix styled background inspired by African mud cloth.