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Origins of Life is painted from an image of human embryonic stem cells. Despite their finite, observable physical properties, the stem cells in the image spoke to me of indefinable, intangible uncharted territory and of encountering infinite combinations. I was interested in tracing the contours of the cellular structures, as a way of meditating on the random yet specific nature of their infinitesimal features – striations, craters and ridges. Specifically, in my first experience of pregnancy, I wanted to represent my relationship to the automatic splitting and merging of cells inside me and to reconcile the unknown looming before me. Drawing the ambiguous topography of the microscopic formations helped me to imagine delimiting these internal and external processes. The interplay of macro and micro spoke to me of my own particular and universal experience. As such, Origins of Life is about ascribing narrative to all that we see and trying to yield some understanding of phenomena by breaking it down to its smallest, most elemental building blocks.

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Origins of Life (2016)


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This artwork is sold by Rachel Maggart from United Kingdom

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