Nano Fragility by Michal Gavish

As a chemist and artist, I experiment with expressing environmental concerns on the most basic molecular levels. Using microscopes and collaborative laboratory data, I focus on the stress on DNA and proteins in the changing environment (Figure 1,2). Collaborating with scientists, I create art based on specific scientific models. My process begins by adopting the old tradition of nature drawings that I modify by constantly searching for new materials. I take the small structures that we cannot see and gives them color and volume. I layer and magnify (Figures 1-3) the scientific imagery to human scale, preserving its biological integrity. Considering their frailty, I give a new presence to these previously invisible, living formations. The soft installations and fragile materials examine the delicate balance that is essential for bio-structures and their vitality (Figures 3-5).

Artist Biography

Michal Gavish is a multi-media artist and a freelance art reviewer. Her work is exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. She received her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Previously, she had earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry, which continues to influence her art practice. She creates installations and videos inspired by her science background and her ongoing collaborations with scientists. Recently she was featured in a book about 18 contemporary women artists. Gavish has co-curated group shows in New York. She lectures and teaches college art and science.

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