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I have long been interested in creating torque via paint. I particularly enjoy organizing color and composing flat space to create the illusions of motion and depth. These specific skills, I think, are directly applicable to the surprising, tubular, spherical and somewhat abstract quality of organelles, especially as micrographs suffer by being 2-dimensional representations of three dimensional forms. Given the dynamic nature of the organelles in vivo and the fact that the cells viewed under the microscope are inevitably chemically "fixed," the call for dynamic painterly explorations of these realms seems all the more pressing.

Since electron micrographs have the further disadvantage of being monochromatic, the possibilities for imaginative and emotive interpretation are vast. Indeed, it is extraordinary that so few painters, as yet, have attempted to navigate the cellular dimension of the natural world. From an artistic perspective, the elegant, almost otherworldly and strangely beautiful intricacies of the cell remain markedly unexplored.

The possibilities for all sorts of new associations are endless. Aside from looking downright "biomorphic," the three dimensional surfaces created in the lab by a process called freeze fracturing can yield "landscapes" that, when magnified, look much like the cratered surfaces of moons and planets. Similar surfaces are sometimes grafted by the wind onto snow, a fact one cannot fail to observe if one has spent as much time as I have traipsing through winter fields. Such observations of multifarious reticulation give me pause to wonder whether there is anything innate about the "drive to abstraction."

Mitochondria 1 2003, acrylic on panel, 11"x14" © 2003

Mitochondria 2 2003, acrylic on panel, 14"x11" © 2003

Mitochondria 3 2003, acrylic on panel, 20"x16" © 2003

Golgi 2003, acrylic on panels, 18"x14" © 2003

Golgi, acrylic on canvas, 24"x22" © 2000 (private collection)

Lysosome, acrylic on canvas in wood, 17 1/2"x21 1/4" © 2000 (private collection)

Mitochondria, acrylic on canvas in wood, 12"x18" © 2000 (private collection)

Golgi as Once Seen, acrylic on canvas in wood, 15 5/8"x12 5/8" © 2000 (private collection)

Microvilli, prismacolor, acrylic and oil on black board, 23"x17 1/2" © 1999

Golgi Body, acrylic and prismacolor on panel, 8"x8" © 1998

Mitochondria, acrylic, prismacolor and toner on panel, 14"x11" © 1998 (private collection)

Cell Scape: The Drive to Abstraction, gouache on paper board, 32"x40" © 1999

Interstice, gouache on paper board, 40"x32" © 1999

Cilia, prismacolor, acrylic and oil on black board, 23"x17 1/2" © 1999

Endoplasmic Reticulum, acrylic on panel, 10"x8" © 1998

Sites featuring my organelle paintings:
Oroboros: MiPArt
Preclinica cover, September/October 2004
Preclinica cover, January/February 2004
Preclinica cover, September/October 2003
Mitochondria Research Portal, Mitochondria Links
Mitochondria and Plastids Links
Cell Biology Resources
Medicow: Microvilli
MavicaNET: Mitochondria
Geometry: Cell and Cellular Biology
Dr. G P S Raghava: Interesting Sites
University of Pisa, Mitochondrial Medicine: Advances in Understanding Pathologies and Theraputical Strategies

Biodiversity: From Organ to Organelle; Biodiversity; From Organism to Architecture,
acrylic on linen, 3(40"x30") © 1998 (private collection)

Pathfinder, acrylic on linen, 30"x30" © 1998 (private collection)

Biodiversity 2, acrylic on linen, 30"x40" © 1998 (private collection)

The Answer is a Loop, acrylic on linen, 30"x40" © 1998 (private collection)

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