mtDNA and Y Chromosome

  • Media:
    Pigment ink on 100% rag paper
  • Size:
    20 x 30 up to 30 x 40 inches
  • How to order:
    Contact Fellman to discuss size and other custom details

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.

Y Chromosome
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.

Three Muses
Asian, African, and European figures dance on a helix styled background inspired by African mud cloth.

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