Ness Flett
A Pictorial Essay of Devolution
print on paper
© 2009

A Pictorial Essay of Devolution is an exploration of interference by mankind, and the modern condition of flora and fauna. ‘Devolution’ as a term is widely argued as only appropriate for science fiction, as a species is only able to 'evolve' and does this through natural selection. What then, when humanity interferes so heavily with domestic and captive animals, along with popular garden plants and the effects of introduced species? If it isn't pollinating an orchid to create a completely dependent hybrid that has no means of reproduction, it's inbreeding a domestic pet such that it is almost guaranteed hip dysplasia and physical malfunction. Using medical illustration conventions, these anatomical studies take an investigative, scientific approach, whereas the opposing windows deal with human intervention in a more lyrical manner. The delicate lines and children's story book-style soften the blow of the road kill we interrupted on its daily journey by a bumper bar.

Having trained horses for over a decade, Ness Flett's pursuit of understanding animals and their architecture comes as no surprise. Ness studied painting at RMIT before traveling to Portugal to continue training horses while exhibiting her work on the anatomy and movement of animals. More recently, her work has begun including botanical elements in more detail, and her two separate studies began to collide. Ness has exhibited widely in Melbourne and interstate, and she has been a finalist in the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery Drawing Award, Churchie National Emerging Art Award, Queensland Darebin Acquisitive Art Award. Ness lives in Melbourne and is a member of Artback, the roaming regional artist group.