Last week we talked about science in art but never got a chance to finish our discussion. I would like to conclude this topic with one of my pieces titled Cells. This piece is special to me because it was the first time I worked with the amazing material resin, a viscous liquid that hardens like plastic.
Resin + Me: My love for resin started in a cosmic way. One semester at university I felt creatively blocked and very uninspired. In an attempt to regain my artistic juices I wandered the library in search of inspiration. Row after row, book after book...nothing. Feeling dissatisfied and frustrated I stood in the middle of a row of books. I closed my eyes and prayed, wished and hoped for some kind of inspiration. In that moment a particular book grabbed my attention. I opened it and out fell a small book hidden between the pages. I looked down at the fallen book, and there it was...a book about resin. My heart skipped a beat and deemed this incident as fate. I don't recall the book and didn't use resin right away, but the thought of resin lingered in my mind until I was ready. The material is now a consistent medium I love to work with, although I have been searching for a more eco-friendly version. Amazing how things work out.
About the piece: Cells was a creative step for me...I used new materials and actually listened to my instincts. Notice a similarity to Ailments? Both pieces are about the body and incorporate red string and wax. Cells dealt more with the creative process, which included making tubes from woven copper to stand in the resin. I was obsessed with tubes...something about their shape and infinite nature. These elements came together to form a piece resembling skin, blood vessels and bodily cells. I also molded the resin to mimic a curved back and form a deeper association to the human body.
This piece was featured in an art show where I was able to watch the public reactions. Future doctors and science majors peered through the translucent resin perplexed with curiosity. Others probably thought I was a crazy-weird art student! I realized that even if you don't study biological sciences or become a doctor, you are still capable of using science in art to make an impact.
Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoyed this piece as much as I did creating it.