Tagging Stem Cells - Art
The exhibit has two formats. The gallery format is series of 4 slides with a total width of about 2 meters. Each slide is a paper collage sandwiched between 2 transparent acrylic plates and lit from behind. The design is a nod to the microscopy work that is central to the experiment discussed. The on-line format has photographs of the art work but digitally tinted. The colours are inspired by the blue and purple stains used in hematology.
Process photos and mistakes along the way.
The original tests used a hypotrochoid design. It soon became clear that this design was not going to work. These circles started to look like eyeballs and were following me.
Concept test using a multiple layers of acrylic plates. Although it was visually more striking, I didn't feel it worked for this exhibit because cells on a slide would ideally be single layered.
My collection of early research papers by Till and McCulloch. In this pile is a paper about the stochastic model of stem cell proliferation that resulted in a last minute second exhibit for the Protean Self exhibit.
Early proof of concept work with the cardboard and tape holding things together. Thanks to Peter Ma for his lighting expertise. I ended up using LED outdoor garden lights from Canadian Tire and modifying them.
Light box and stand built in my woodwork shop. Russian birch plywood and plexiglass is used for the light box.
Test run of the exhibit in my kitchen. Several arrangements were tried before I got something that looked pleasing from all angles.
I designed these little LED light boxes and made them in my workshop. I always look forward to including some woodwork into the science art. Acrylic sheets and plywood.