TOBIE KERRIDGE, NIKKI STOTT, and IAN THOMPSON

Kerridge and Stott create speculative design projects that experiment with new materials.

Biojewellery, 2003-7
Working with bioengineer Ian Thompson, Kerridge and Scott created wedding bands coated with bone cells. “The bone tissue was cultured in a laboratory and then seeded onto a bioactive ceramic that acted as a scaffold for the growing cells….The final bone tissue was taken to the designer’s studio and combined with precious metals to finish the ring.”1 The ring functions as both a symbol of commitment and an actual memento of your partner’s corporeality.

Biojewellery

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1 Paola Antonelli, ed., Design and the Elastic Mind.(New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2008), 111.

KATHARINE DOWSON

Dowson creates portraits of the brain and vascular system using laser-etched glass.

Memory of Brain Malformation, 2006
Dowson recreates a blood-flow x-ray of her cousin’s brain. The x-ray reveals a tumor that is later removed.1

Memory of Brain Malformation, Katharine Dowson

My Brain and My 3D Heart, 2013
Dowson references MRI scans of her brain and heart to create 3D printed versions of those organs. She then casts the organs in glass.

My Brain, My 3D Heart, Katharine Dowson

See Downson’s website.

1 Arthur I. Miller, Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2014), 192.

SUSAN ALDWORTH

Aldworth layers hand-drawn images onto the documents of medical science. Her work humanizes the dehumanized images of pathology; she reveals the subject in our maps of anatomy.

Cogito Ergo Sum 3, 2006
Aldworth combines fMRI scans of her brain with expressive imagery.

Cogito Ergo Sum 3, Susan Aldworth

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EDWARD BURTYNSKY

Burtynsky photographs landscapes that highlight the scale of human industry and consumption.

“My work does become a kind of lament....We can't have our cities, we can't have our cars, we can't have our jets without creating wastelands. For every act of creation there is an act of destruction. Take the skyscrapper—there is an equivalent void in nature: quarries, mines."1

See Burtynsky's website.

1Diane Ackerman, The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2014), 24.

HENRIQUE OLIVEIRA

Oliveira builds sculptures and installations that combine human-made materials with biomorphic forms. His work often challenges the clean-lined, concrete boxes of modernist architecture — Oliveira’s arboreal mutants crash through museum walls and spill on to gallery floors.

Henrique Oliveira
Henrique Oliveira

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DAMIEN HIRST

Hirst employs the bodies of animals in aestheticized, natural-history museum-esque installations. In the ’90s, he installations featured the carcasses of wild and domesticated animals in large tanks of formaldehyde. He also created paintings and sculptures with the remains of insects and arachnids.

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991
The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths, 2006
The True Artists Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths

Judecca, 2012
Judecca

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