This is the first piece in a series of drawings that depict groups of people and animals.
I started this series while reading about robot technology that mimics ant behavior. I became intrigued by the idea that each individual ant is an integral part of a larger “machine” (the ant colony) that builds a fairly complicated network of tunnels, and somehow, while going about its daily tasks, the ant itself has no idea of what it’s working towards.
I learned that an ant operates very similarly to a robot in the sense that it has a task that it is preprogrammed to do and has no need to reflect or have a larger understanding of the purpose of its actions. The ant just moves sand all day in a specific pattern that by design builds tunnels.
follow the link to see the robots and ants article: spectrum online
Also this video from Harvard University.
To see an incredible example of what ants can do watch this youtube video.
I became interested in what other creatures, including humans, may be creating that we are not quite “smart” enough to see.
That was how this series started.