UNSW Artsweek 2019

Art Meets Science

Science is art

The works I exhibited as a featured artist in Artsweek 2019 were inspired by exercises done in small scale, exploring abstract forms and repetition.

 2,000 Influenza Viruses
Matti
2,000 Influenza Viruses, 2019
Pen and ink on paper
42.0 x 59.4 cm
The influenza virus is technically not a life-form as it cannot reproduce without a host.

Random input was generated while exercising at the gym to create spontaneous glitches: lack of motor control caused by muscle fatigue between sets, pen and planar disturbance caused by riding a static bicycle, and loss of fine detail caused by not wearing reading glasses.

 1,000 Spermatozoa
Matti
1,000 Spermatozoa, 2019
Pen on paper
42.0 x 59.4 cm
Human spermatozoa (12 of the 1900 sperm in the mandala exhibit abnormal morphology through head size, tail size, and double heads or tails; with just 0.006% sperm exhibiting such deviation this is well below the normal rate of 4-14%) have not, as yet, been seen spontaneously generating mandalas but might well do in an infinite universe.
 2,316 Escherichia coli
Matti
2,316 Escherichia coli, 2019
Pen on paper
42.0 x 59.4 cm
Escherichia coli, several of which are undergoing mitosis.

With a generous eye and a fondness for making meaning, some of the drawings could be said to resemble microscopic unicellular organisms. After researching said organisms – with assistance from Google and my flatmate Chris (who is studying for a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney) – five single-celled “life-forms” were selected to develop into large-scale small-scale pen (and sometimes ink) cartoons.

 4,000 Green Algae
Matti
4,000 Green Algae, 2019
Pen on paper
42.0 x 59.4 cm
Green algae form long chains as the cells divide.
 800 Paramecia
Matti
800 Paramecia, 2019
Pen and ink on paper
42.0 x 59.4 cm
Paramecia (800 cells with a mean average of 29 flagella means the image includes some 23,200 flagella).

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