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Just published in the American Women in Science Magazine: an article entitled, The Melding of Science and Art, by Raven Luo, a graduate student at Duke University, includes a section on my science inspired art.
James Webb (1906-1992) was born in Granville County, NC. He was the second administrator of NASA. The James Webb telescope has just revealed images from deep space showing galaxies that are millions of years old. Coincidentally, I have recently finished two fused glass artworks about the universe.
This is an artwork I made a while ago, but never showed it.
I think it is my favorite sculpture. I even wrote a little poem about it.
5 Points Gallery is in a historic spot in Durham that has held many different businesses and started out as a barn. Around the corner WAS the iconic South Bank building that was demolished over the past month. It is gone now. A new 27 story building will take its place. I have been working on one of my largest fused glass art works about Durham for a few months. Each small piece and building had to be fused separately before building the whole piece and fusing it all together. Even though the tiny pieces are glued before fusing, sometimes they jump around and have to be ground off and refused. My new piece is “Bull Durham.”
Recently I was fortunate to see some little bats (long nose bats, I think) sleeping in a tree near a waterway by the Panama Canal. I love the pattern on their backs and the way they line up on the trunk of the tree. So, I decided to try to create them in fused glass. I made the bats out of glass powder wafers, and the leaves out of glass clay. The tree is made of glass powder too.
I will have my first way outside the area solo exhibit at the Glass Axis Gallery in Columbus, OH from Dec 10,2021 to Jan 29,2022. As both a scientist and an artist, I feel that I am in pursuit of some kind of order. I hope I convey that in an interesting way in my exhibit.
Usually we have had a few cold nights by now. While it still seems like second summer, Christmas decorations are already in the stores. That’s scary! Speaking of scary, I have two recent art pieces in our new exhibit at 5 Points Gallery that might make you think of Halloween! Let’s think Halloween! Please, NOT Christmas yet!
I have many reasons to tear up with this anniversary even though I didn’t personally know anyone who died that day. I am from NY, and NYC is one of my favorite places to visit. 9/11 also happens to be my birthday. I knew the world had changed on that day. It was like our innocence was gone, and we would never be the same. In addition, two weeks after 9/11 I ended up in the emergency room with a pulmonary embolism. Here are two artworks I created with 9/ll in mind: one a few years ago, called, “Out of the Fire”, and one this summer called “Summer in the City” (One World Trade Center in the background) with hope for a better time.
A few weeks ago I happened on an article mentioning Neurospora, a bread mold fungus, and I remembered using it in a college biology class. It is so interesting and beautiful to observe through the microscope. In 1958 Beadle and Tatum won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work in the 1930s on the relationship between genes and enzymes in the non-pathogenic Neurospora. These early studies on Neurospora initiated the important development of biochemical genetics and molecular biology. The properties that make Neurospora a good model for scientific studies are its fast growth rate, ease of culture, simple nutritional requirements, regular Mendelian genetics, susceptibility to mutagenesis, and other factors. Neurospora is beautiful to observe and fun for experimentation. Left and right brain collided in creating this artwork.