Create-An-Animal

Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry is edited by Jessica L. Wilkinson and supported by RMIT and the non/fictionLab. This visual essay, titled ‘Create-an-Animal, a genre-blending visual essay’ appears in the Reportage issue (number 34) in 2022. The essay reports my research into the ways the fictional bio-engineered creatures in Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam trilogy relate to real world bioengineering experiments. By juxtaposing Atwood’s fiction with real world scientific reporting, and my visual interpretations of both as quasi-scientific specimen charts, provides an additional ‘threshold for interpretation’ of both Atwood’s fiction and the complex ethical situations that bioengineering create.