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


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.”

Day 2: Wall Drawings Complete

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It was the most tiring but rewarding process. Instead of my hand making a walk around on the paper, my entire body was moving with the forms. The process made me come back to the thought that seeing a drawing is like the act of reading. My eye falls upon the much larger marks of these wall drawings as it would words, picking out the gestures and visual differences.

I decided to call this work (which was made in an alcove, on walls parallel from each other) Astride and Afar. There were interactions that happened between the forms and the trim molding and the windows, a kind of hugging, touching, straddling- so astride. Afar because the work still seems, with all of its bigness, not here but somewhere further away.

I hope to do this more and to be sure to bring Bengay.