Duigenan has photographed the arterial wanderings of snails, as they graze upon algae, leaving behind an aftermath of claw-like patterns—caused by the rasping action of the snail’s spiky tongue.
On a micro level, these rambling, chaotic patterns, attest to a vigorous life-form. On a macro level, they’re dendritic appearance resemble earth’s estuaries as viewed from far above. By presenting the images within a circular frame, these photographs are transformed into floating planets, as we imagine them on a cosmic scale. The planetary metaphor is further enhanced with titles that refer to cartographic terms of old.
Prior to their completion and exhibition, an image from Micro Mundi was launched into space on Shuttle Atlantis on November 16th 2009.