EM Images of Snow Crystals

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…

“And the World Came Rushing In”

mom + Dad UCC 2016

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.

Here’s an article more about the art and artists.

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”.

 

 

Swarms in a Lab

First Day- First WallI 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:

image of Paenibacillus. Credit: Eshel Ben-Jacob and Inna Brainis

Image of Paenibacillus. Credit: Eshel Ben-Jacob and Inna Brainis

News

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Peregrinations, Constellations
curated by Jeanne Heifetz
Schema Projects, 92 ST Nicholas AVE Brooklyn NY 11237
February 27-March 29th, 2015
Opening reception, Friday February 27th, 6-9pm

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.”