Instead of manipulating digital images, in the Mimesis images I started with the physical objects themselves. I chose pairs of things (one natural, one human-made) that have similar shapes and then physically manipulated one of the pair to more resemble the other. I started with the metal keyhole plate, which had a leaf shape, and then cut the hole out of a real leaf. “Mimesis” means imitation and, by extension, representation. In what sense can we say the leaf represents the keyhole?