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A very imaginary nanostructure, with little hints and allusions to surfactancy, cell membranes, and complex fluids in general. What do microstructures and nanostructures really do when we're not looking? Fine lines in a parallel bilayer pattern are interwoven with tiny inked circles. These represent amphphilic molecules - molecules with a compact water-loving "head" group, and a longer and more flexible oil-loving "tail" (often aliphatic). The bilayer of inked shapes representing molecules is stacked into a membrane that curves through the center of the drawing. This type of shape and behavior is an imaginative illustration of how lyotropic liquid crystals (ordered soap structures) behave as they transition from a lamellar layered structure to an interconnected wavy layer or three dimensional geometry. Complex stippled patterns near the membrane hint at labile dynamic structures in a multicomponent complex fluid. This should make people happy because soap structures are fun in a good polarizing microscope. Real science, real art, no apologies.
Drawing:Ink on Paper
Size:10 W x 8 H x 0.1 D in
Packaging:Ships in a Box
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
I am offering a selection of Abstracts and abstracted Science theme work on Saatchi. Please search for me online for my Landscape and Tree of Life bodies of work. I often ask myself whether I'm a physical scientist who also paints, or a painter who has studied a bit too much physics and chemistry. Physics and Chemistry have become a big part of how I model and understand the world. I approach paint texture in terms of it's viscoelastic properties, and color in terms of pigments and their spectra. If you take a cadmium inorganic red and it's organic substitute, gently tweak them so they look almost identical in indirect daylight, will they behave differently in incandescent light? Sunlight? Late afternoon light? (controlled lab light?) Unlike people, fruit, landscapes and other traditional painting subjects, technical ideas and objects don't have an "appearance" in any normal sense of imagery. They're imagined and depicted as visual ideas that guide us through complex phenomena. For example what do like bonds in molecules really look like? Or the quantum not-quite-existence of high vacuum-spawned subatomic particles? The softly dancing dynamic structures in complex fluids? What about "things" that are too small and too delicate for even the best electron microscopes (TEM - SEMs are toys)? I've found that many images scientists create serve as visual similes to data and hypotheses, and as visual metaphors for complex and often highly abstract concepts. These metaphors and their stylized interpretation inspire and guide my "abstract" work.
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