Phenotype GOF is a tower assemblage made from found medical paraphernalia, bones, plastic, wood, glass, and minerals. The piece was constructed as a monumental commemoration to current gain of function research and the history of alchemy. "Phenotype" simply refers to an observable trait. "Pheno" comes from the same root as the word "phenomenon". So, it is an observable trait, such as the presence or absence of disease. Frequently, phenotypes relate to a difference in DNA sequence directly and the genotype can be modified to gain function. Phenotypes can also be influenced by environmental effects.
Phenotype GOF was on display in the exhibit entitled ‘Transmutations’ at Gallery 402 UVU from 2/25 – 3/28, 2022 and the 98th Annual Spring Salon at the Springville Museum of Art from April 27– July 2, 2022.