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Friday, 4 June 2010

Viruses - a closer look

Luke Jerram is an artist living in Bristol and working in Southampton whose ‘Glass Virus’ sculptures question the pseudo-colouring of images in biology and medical studies in order to demonstrate the elements of viruses and the way they work. He says
‘The question of pseudo-colouring in biomedicine and its use for science communicative purposes, is a vast and complex subject. If some images are coloured for scientific purposes, and others altered simply for aesthetic reasons, how can a viewer tell the difference? How many people believe viruses are brightly coloured? Are there any colour conventions and what kind of ‘presence’ do pseudocoloured images have that ‘naturally’ coloured specimens don’t? How does the choice of different colours affect their reception?

Luke Jerram aims to answer these questions, or at the very least provide a new perception of something many people may not even have thought about. His beautifully crafted hand-blown glass sculptures are multi-layered and communicate the parts of a virus exceptionally well without the need for colour.
HIV Glass Sculpture
Swine Flu

Swine Flu (close up)

Escherichia coli (E. coli)

A glimpse of the future? - 'Untitled Future Mutation'
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