Microscopy and Art
Using SEM images as inspiration for sculptures
by Liz Douglas,
|Since 1995 I have been working with
young people using SEM photographs of geological and
plant material as the basis for making large structures.
The work is always in connection with my own art work,
which is largely site specific. The SEM information that
I obtain from a site is used to encourage young people to
see their own environment in a new way. Using SEM
photographs at different magnifications reveals aspects
of plants and fossils that are invisible to the eye, but
are a strong stimulus for creating imaginative work.
project's aim is to give young people an opportunity to
work together, to cooperate and to skill build. They look
at seeds, for example, through an ordinary microscope,
and at SEM photographs of similar material then make
their own drawings which become the basis for the
structure making. The projects last from half a day to
one day and the longest has been one week. The SEM
photographs were made by Frieda Christie, the Electron
Microscopist at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
For further information contact Liz Douglas.
Frieda Christie's SEM images were shown in the Micscape January
1999 Image of the Month gallery.
Published in the August 1999 edition of Micscape Magazine.
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