"Biochemical Dream" is up at Confluence Gallery in Twisp WA through Nov 7th as part of the show The Big Sleep where several artists were asked to create artwork interpreting their view on death.
My paintings are based on Bardo states (or the place in between) from the Tibetan Book of the Dead with this first painting depicting that of the lucid dream state. The practice of lucid dreaming is meant to train an individual to recognize the after death bardo. In “Biochemical Dream” the conjuring of surreal organic forms (which have not been invented but actually exist in nature) take shape in a technicolor world which vividly creates that in-between lucid place where dreams and death hover.
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CROCOITE (Lead Chromate) crystals from the Adelaide Mine in Tasmania, Australia.
"It is strange how autumn surprises you every year, even though it is as predictable as a birthday. You are conscious of summer stretching itself so thin that it is transparent, hardly any substance to it at all and yet enough colour in the garden, enough fragile heat in the sun to cling to. And then you turn away for a moment and it’s gone, autumn in its place, lumpen, damp and chill. Overnight you can hardly recall what summer was like. Yet something positive – if rather intangible – takes its place. It is the scent of apples and leaves, the amazing sight of cobwebs suddenly strung from branch to branch like a string of delicate seaside illuminations, and a mouthful of tastes that have lain dormant or inappropriate for two long seasons."
Neurons, In Vitro Color!
More Edinger-Westphal neurons in culture. Stained for Tubulin (green) and Synapsin (red). Of course, colocalization makes yellow. Imaged with a Zeiss Axioskop 2 FS Plus equipped with a Zeiss Axiocam HRm. 100x total magnification. By MR McGill
"There is a fundamental and culturally learned power imbalance between men and women, and it follows us into the workplace. The violence born of this imbalance follows us also. We would like to believe that it stops short of following us into the laboratory and into the field — but it does not. I listen to my colleagues talk endlessly about recruiting more women into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, and postulate what the barriers might be. Sexual assault is a pernicious and formidable barrier to women in science, partly because we have consistently gifted to it our silence. I have given it 18 years of my silence and I will not give it one day more."