Research into crop mutation is not new. Teams of researchers continue to look for ways to optimize our crops and food security.
These vases are lavishly decorated with plants, animals and creatures that can seem more beautiful than their originals in the natural world.
While this Rococostyle porcelain is a testament to great craftsmanship, it also has an absurd side, a combination that Ervinck strongly admires.
While Rococo and Baroque are not styles that many people enjoy today, these artistic forms of plant mutation are an ode to the aspirations of that generation of sculptors.
On the other hand, these works question how far we can or should go in manipulating food.
Research into crop and plant mutation is not new.
Following the Second World War, the socalled “Atoms for Peace” programme was established to look into ways to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
In the gardens of national laboratories in Europe and the former Soviet Union, plants were irradiated in such a way that different varieties could be produced.
With these disease-resistant mutations scientists hoped to solve the problem of food shortage.
It is not known if these genetically manipulated crops effectively meant an improvement to public health, but it did seem that now scientists could play God.
Today, teams of researchers continue to look for ways to optimize our crops and food security.
Ervinck is fascinated by the idea of an engineered world.