Inspired by the writings of Franz Kafka and the work of artists H.R. Giger and Pierre Matter, Gaby Wormann is an artist who, in her own words, “deals with the themes of individual ethics and humanity's uninhibited intervention in complex biological systems”.
Wormann’s mind-boggling creations, which she calls “MeCre” (short for “Mechanical Creatures”) demonstrate a rare dexterity and represent her futuristic vision of the evolution of insects: New, hybrid lifeforms – organisms fused with mechanics – that are more resistant, more efficient and more technically optimised.
The German artist takes tiny components from the world of watchmaking and mechanical engineering – gears, plates, balance springs and filaments, for example – and incorporates them into the bodies of prepared insects – as beautiful bespoke mechanical exoskeletons.
Born in Germany in 1966, artist and citizen of the world Gaby Wormann divides her time between Switzerland, Germany and Portugal. Her initial works from the MeCre series were first commissioned for an exclusive circle of collectors before being presented to a wider public audience on international exhibitions in 2013.