Ed Munn

Artist biologist
Fulbourn, Cambridge, England

My drawings, known as OneLinerImages ('OneLineimages', 'OneLiners' or 'OLIs') were originally conceived as representations of plants and animals to show both the recognisable form of the whole organisms and the external and internal membrane structure of the cells of which they are composed. Additionally they are intended to convey the interactions between individuals and between individuals and their environment. They are hand drawn and coloured. Whatever the number and variety of components, each drawing consists of a single, continuous line which does not cross and hence (despite appearances) is a folded circle.


OneLinerImage: Fiveharesrunning
50 x 49 cm
Ink and water-based colour on paper
2018

The inspiration for this work was a medieval glass window in Long Melford church (Suffolk, England). The hares are based on an American desert hare I photographed in Baja California. The church window hares show only three heads (and three ears). The path of the much-infolded line within each animal is subtly different although this may not be apparent at this resolution. Because the line is a folded circle, the included space, given the colours of the hare, is continuous. Similarly the external, white, space is continuous, OneLinerImages are unique to me.