“Vertebrata” by Marc da Cunha Lopes.
Skeletons of questionable origin in a variety of domestic and human settings, arranged to carry a solemn and often pensive look, as the sole subject of a seemingly abandoned world. Careful use of light and color palette lends the tableaus an unexpected sense of drama and character to these at once imaginative and delightfully weird collection of photographs which breaths life and emotion into the inanimate creatures, giving them a narrative that dabbles with the notions of loss and emptiness.
To be honest, these have always creeped and repulsed the living Hell out of me. I attended a show of Farmer’s in NYC, lasted about 10 minutes and then I hightailed it out of there; I was just that bothered. They’re fantastic, though, so here you are:
Tessa Farmer - Swarm (2004) - mixed media, desiccated insect remains, dried plant roots, and other organic ephemera
“Farmer’s tiny sculptures give a glimpse into the world of fairies. No story-book land of Tinkerbells, Swarm envisions the purveyors of mischief and magic as an actual species, as animalistic and Darwinian as any other.
Exchanging Victorian romanticism for the darker pragmatism of science, Farmer evidences her specimens as fearsome skeletal fiends, plausible ‘Hell’s Angels’ of a microscopic apocalypse.
Posed in dramatic battle formations, Farmer’s menagerie wages war against garden variety pests; each figure, painstakingly hand crafted and adorned with real insect wings, stands less than 1 cm tall.”
This is an original watercolor painting of mitochondria, which are tiny structures found inside most cells. Mitochondria are sometimes called “cellular power plants” because they generate most of the cell’s supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), used as a source of chemical energy. They are also involved in a range of other processes, such as cellular differentiation,and the control of the cell cycle. (Thank you, Wikipedia ; )
“This painting draws together images from neuroscience (neural connections in the brain) and Buddhism (the lotus), to express the blissful aura of the well-meditated brain. Recent scientific research indicates that the practice of meditation produces physical changes in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. Although it’s highly unlikely that meditating on the truth in the lotus will actually cause your neurons to look like this, it’s a fun idea to express artistically. In soft, soothing shades of lavender, purple and deep rose on a background of pale periwinkle blue.”