ARTIST: Ted Ollier
TITLE: Eukaryotic Bioluminescence: 26 études
MEDIUM: Relief print, 16? x 20?, unframed
This original artwork was created for Art on Science: 26 études an internattional portfolio featuring pictures by artists and words by scientists. This written commentary is by Irene Georgakoudi, Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts University:
I work on the development of new imaging modalities to explore the natural glow emitted by our cells and tissues. This faint luminous glow reveals not only exquisite structures, but also important functions within living cells.
In our lab, we use both highly specialized lasers and sensitive detectors to study this phenomenon. This innovative imaging technology has the potential to change the manner in which we understand tissue development and may transform how we detect, monitor and treat afflictions like cancer, obesity,
cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
Ted Ollier?s piece truly captures the essence of many aspects of my research. A luminous glow is revealed in his print only under specific lighting conditions. The interaction between the light source and the minerals printed on the page leads to the emission of distinct glowing colors. The end result is simple and elegant. In much the same way that nature has devised a beautiful way for scientists to unravel secrets in living tissue using lasers, here, the printmaker is giving us a glimpse of something ?invisible? by simply using a black light.
Creativity and innovation are at the heart of the scientific methods that I rely on in the laboratory and the artistic process that Ted follows in his studio. They are both paths that involve elements of intense inquiry, trial and error, and evolution. In the fields of science and art, new paradigms emerge only when we dare to go beyond what is established.
Black Light Box included.
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All artworks are 16? x 20?, unframed and will be shipped with a printed copy of the scientist?s text.
For further information about the portfolio, please visit our Art on Science: 26 études website: http://AS26project.com
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