Bdl, 2017.Paméla Simard and Hunter Shaw
Hand laminated wood (wenge, maple, walnut, mahogany, cherry and pine), plexiglass, magnifying glass.
Photos: Alex Tran
This project is a collaboration with Hunter Shaw, PhD candidate at McGill University. It explores the similarities between the processes involved in artistic creativity and in scientific research. To what extent can we create alternative visual methods and when do these methods become protocols?
The various installations were created from fluorescent microscopy images representing the visual system of the fruit fly brain, and more precisely, the synaptic connections formed by adhesion molecules. Through the analysis of these images, the project aims to recreate the materialized process with sculpture. Every piece of the installation was made by hand.
A fundamental element shared by the artistic and scientific representations is their sensitivity towards detail, which translates into a much deeper knowledge. It allows new methodologies to develop and to understand the limitations of materials that both the artist and the scientist are faced with. It is a process of rupture, progress and transition that allows for a full appreciation of all of its complexity.