Evolutionary Mechanocytes

‘Mechanocytes’ is a term which I borrowed from the 2013 science fiction novel Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross’. In that book, mechanocytes are the artificial cells which are the physical building blocks of the ‘metahumans’, posthuman people who are descended from the androids who used to serve humanity and who have inherited and developed human culture since the extinction of the latter around three thousand years prior to the setting of the story.

In cytology (the study of the structure and function of cells), mechanocyte is also an outdated term for a fibroblast grown in vitro. Fibroblasts are the type of cell which synthesize the structural framework for animal cells and are the most common type of cell in connective tissue and important for wound healing. They are morphologically heterogeneous with diverse appearances depending on their location and activity.

Selections from an ongoing series.

Evolutionary Mechanocytes
Pen on paper
594 x 420mm
2019

Evolutionary Mechanocytes

detail

Evolutionary Mechanocytes

Evolutionary Mechanocytes
Pen on paper
297 x 210mm
2020

Evolutionary Mechanocytes

Evolutionary Mechanocytes
Pen on paper
297 x 210mm
2019

Evolutionary Mechanocytes

Evolutionary Mechanocytes
Pen on paper
297 x 210mm
2019

Evolutionary Mechanocytes

Evolutionary Mechanocytes
Pen on paper
210 x 297mm
2019

Evolutionary Mechanocytes

Evolutionary Mechanocytes
Pen on paper
210 x 297mm
2018

Evolutionary Mechanocytes