Artist as Gardener
Latham’s artistic process takes place in two stages: creation and gardening. He first creates a system for a 3D virtual world, applying whichever physical and biological rules he chooses: light, colour, gravity, growth and evolution. Latham then becomes a gardener within this world he has created; he selects and breeds sculptural forms as a plant breeder produces flowers. This selection is based on Latham’s aesthetic judgement, a judgement that the computer cannot make itself.