This single word describes my current state quite accurately. In the beginning of April, an unpredictable event knocked the ground out from under my feet. Due to unfortunate external circumstances, the place I loved working at had to drastically downsize its staff in order to stay afloat. As my daughter likes to sing “like a small boat on the ocean”, I have been drifting ever since.
In my recent posts I described how my work at NeuroBead has taken an unexpected turn towards raising patient awareness, rather than just portraying scientific progress. Soon after finishing my work on “The Internal Storm” epilepsy project, I was contacted by a former collaborator I knew from an entrepreneurial initiative that I was involved in during my postdoctoral training. After seeing my artwork being used for raising epilepsy awareness, she asked if I would be willing to make a dyslexia pin. Continue Reading
Two weeks ago I attended a very interesting art exhibit entitled “EmBodied”. It was organized by the SciArt Center that I have written about in an earlier post. I came across it by accident, but just in time to make it to the opening reception. Incidentally, as I was approaching the gallery, the following sign caught my eye. It gave me a pretty good laugh, considering where I was heading. Continue Reading
Last week I wrote about a slightly unexpected turn that my work has taken. I have been posting pictures of my work in progress and finished pieces on Instagram, where I found quite a few of like-minded individuals. Most of these people are trained as scientists and want to share the beauty of what they are doing with the rest of the world. But as would probably be expected, most of this work gets noticed and appreciated by people who do something similar themselves – other scientists and artists. Continue Reading
Last year, when I founded NeuroBead, I based it on the idea that scientists like myself would want to see beautiful images from their research commemorated as pieces of art, that they could display on their walls. Many academic institutions, especially neuroscience departments, decorate their hallways with enlarged photos of cells that were taken under a microscope. These images are both gorgeous to look at and representative of the great scientific discoveries achieved by the researchers. They deserve to be preserved and remembered. Many departments and microscopy facilities even send out calls for best image competitions. I wanted to take this process one step further and portray this integration of science and visual art in a more creative form. Continue Reading
It has been a while since I have given an update on my beadwork. While I was working on the hair clips I have described in my previous posts here, here and here, my older daughter suggested a new idea. She has all of the symptoms of a child raised by scientists. Her most recent writing project in school focused on explaining how vaccines work! She has been fascinated with our “Bring your kid to work day” and has tried doing some simple experiments in museums and at home. She has also admired my artwork and has tried to get involved.
So when she saw me making biological hair clips in the form of cells,she requested a Red Blood Cell! Red blood cells are unique in that unlike all other cells they do not have a nucleus and have a slightly “pinched” morphology. They are responsible for carrying oxygen through our blood stream.
Here is a little bit of behind the process and how the clip turned out. I love the simple elegance that it projects!
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