The ancestral commonality between humans and chimpanzees is undeniable, with dramatic evidence exhibited in our chromosomal similarities. Prime Commonality is visually inspired by the high degree of correlation as shown in human and chimpanzee chromosomal banding patterns. The sculptures are internally lit and change colors to produce intense, sometimes discrepant, visual effects that take advantage of the physical interaction between colored light and translucent filters. While the colors and construction are highly crafted and visually interesting during the day, each of the pieces will begin to “breathe color” during nightfall. They will complete change under a new light source and therefore continue to push the viewer’s experience of a now dynamic image that was once static during the day.
Prime Commonality highlights both our similarities and differences with the shared natural world.