'There is no science without fancy, and no art without fact.' Vladimir Nabokov
The works for this exhibition are all drawn from images of microscopic life, most of which come from early scientific illustration, from sources such as the Barr Smith Library’s Special Collection. Some are more clearly identifiable than others. I am interested in the interconnectedness of life and the potential of a union between science and poetry, the rational and the irrational, formal and symbolic.
A little bit of everything, an on-going series, is perhaps more directly related to rare book collections. Apart from the text and images contained within the early publications, the physical quality of the paper, often slightly buckled and dotted with age spots, like old skin, is fascinating. Watercolour on paper is a completely different process than making objects from clay but there are some similarities such as the transformation of material from wet to dry and the surprises that arise due to the unpredictable qualities of both materials.