Rohini Devasher, Genetic Drift: Symbiont II—Cavum Oris Plantae (Mouth Plant), 2018, vinyl print, colored pencil, acrylic, charcoal, PanPastel, and dry pastel on wall. Photo: Anil Rane.

Rohini Devasher

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Rohini Devasher, whose practice is rooted in evolutionary biology, embraces the speculative by making familiar things strange and exploring the possibilities that emerge from that. The speculative, she says, “allows many visions of the future, not bound by any form of linear progression.” The hybrid beings in her works blur the distinctions between natural and unnatural. At Devasher’s recent exhibition “Hopeful Monsters,” a strange landscape seemed to be forcing its way into the gallery through a breach in one of its walls. At once hypnotic and menacing, the site-specific wall work Genetic Drift: Symbiont II—Cavum Oris Plantae (Mouth Plant) (all works cited, 2018) comprised a composite image of carnivorous pitcher plants and other vegetal life entangled with snakes, sea pens, brittle stars, a shark, a chicken embryo, a frog, a grasshopper, a dung fly and even human heartstrings printed on

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