Mitochondrial DNA has been used by genetic genealogists to trace matrilineal history. This triptych demonstrates the methodology of redaction and erasure of the original text written by the artist’s maternal grandmother.
In the first image, the words that remain contain one of the characters representing the nucleobases of the DNA sequence (A, G, C, or T). The second iteration shows only the letterforms, and the third is entirely effaced.
Georges Perec and M. NourbeSe Philip served as a point of inspiration for the constrained writing in this work.