Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Approaches to Anatomy...

You might have noticed the GSA Library and Archives' display on Anatomy, currently showing on Level 1 of the GSA library...


Well we've been inspired by that display to look up a few ways in which artists have drawn their inspiration from anatomy aside from life drawing, mixed media artist Travis Bedel who creates intricate collages inspired by anatomical drawings and treatises:

Anatomical Collages by Travis Bedel mixed media collage anatomy

Much in the same vein, artist Lisa Nilsson recreates anatomical cross-sections using a quilling technique, which she then displays in wooden cases, reminiscent of what you'd expect a last century surgeon to keep his instruments in:

Anatomical Cross Sections Made with Quilled Paper by Lisa Nilsson quilling paper anatomy

With a more technological approach, Jessica Lloyd-Jones creates fabulous artworks in her collection Anatomical Neon. She describes the 2 works photographed below as follows:

Optic Nerve shows a similar effect, more akin to the blood vessels of the eye and with a front ‘lens’ magnifying the movement and the intensity of light. [...] Electric Lungs is a more technically intricate structure with xenon gas spreading through its passage ways, communicating our human unawareness of the trace gases we inhale in our breathable atmosphere.

Anatomical Neon: Blown Glass Human Organs Containing Neon Lights by Jessica Lloyd Jones sculpture neon light glass anatomy

Anatomical Neon: Blown Glass Human Organs Containing Neon Lights by Jessica Lloyd Jones sculpture neon light glass anatomy

 You can find out more about all these artworks on the Colossal blog.