There is an amazing amount of portraits of mushrooms I have taken over the years, like this (above) bruising Bitter Bolete found on the Olympic Peninsula, WA.
Found this image a few weeks ago (here) from the Electron Microscopy Unit of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland…this is very much not your “typical” image of a snow crystal. They aren’t this wildly messy, imperfect with other arms of other snow crystal piled on or whole other snow crystals piled on!
(They also look like playdoh because it’s an electron microscopic image)
But this is perfectly normal ACUTALLY. This is most snow crystals. Snow crystals are thought of (and this is totally true of my experience, until I started researching and drawing these things) as 6-armed-symmetrical-perfection. However those images are just model snow crystals that humans have tirelessly sought out and taken pictures of…
It was a great show at the Art Gallery at UCC. It was apparently awesome (I wasn’t able to go. Going from east coast to west is hard on the wallet). My parents even showed up! Behind them is a grid of “Droplets”, 20 in total.
Not pictured by my parents were two larger drawings a part of the “Droplet” series which I completed very fast before sending them out. Pictured below is one of them, “Red Columbine”.
I was commissioned to complete 3 wall drawings for a Tristan Ursell’s laboratory at the University of Oregon! The lab will be studying bacterial collective swarming behavior, so it was agreed upon that the work would relate to that through visual systems. The three different walls will explore three visual systems inspired by collective swarming behavior; Paenibacillus colonies, slime molds, and murmurations.
The image above is progress from the first day. It is the beginning of a visually inspired Paenibacillus colony.
Reference image below:
“Stumbles loom rather large, the more I write. You know this is the wrong route but sometimes you choose it anyway, and then when you go over it, you just carry it out and scratch it out and do something else. But they’re very important.”
Emily Barletta, Janice Caswell, Clint Fulkerson, Colleen Ho, Sarah Morejohn, Sharyn O’Mara, Paula Overbay, Jessica Rosner, Mia Rosenthal, Karen Schiff, Drew Shiflett, Allyson Strafella and Robert Walden.
“We live in the age of “big data.” Through the reach of the internet, researchers in almost every field can now analyze thousands, even millions, of discrete bits of information, uncovering patterns and significance that smaller data sets could never reveal. Like “big data” researchers, the artists in our show make discoveries that are only possible through the aggregation of multiple small bits of information. Whether drawn or painted, stitched or torn, stamped or struck with a typewriter key, these works’ patterns and imagery emerge from the process itself, a painstaking accumulation of tiny repeated marks.”