Working with Art in the Sciences

Virus

Evolving Virus

'Evolving Virus' paintings by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

‘Evolving Virus’ paintings by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

‘Evolving Virus’ paintings – a theme that has been with me for many years and being back in Australia with time in my studio (I have to say it is like having a arts residency since I been overseas for a couple of years) is great to visit these works again.

“You are still working on them.. !!” my son asked as he featured in the initial series in which the paintings were created for an installation and more importantly led to my PhD at the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (ANU). I remember asking my potential supervisor at that time, Professor Susan M. Stocklmayer AO, if I could combine arts and science for my research and luckily she said “yes” and became my supervisor. These works have undergone a few changes since then and it is great to be looking at them with fresh eyes.

'Virus' installation by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

‘Virus’ installation images 2008 by Eleanor Gates-Stuart (Left: Painting, Middle: Video Projection including Kane Stuart, Right: Video Projection including York Stuart)

Video Image: 'Virus' by Eleanor Gates-Stuar

Video Image: ‘Virus’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

It is not that I ever forgot them but my research took some interesting directions, such as FingerCodes, StellrScope, Under the Surface and more recently Orchids. Even though I love being in the science labs I have to confess that I enjoy getting my fingers in the paint as well. You never know.. maybe I can ‘paint’ with biological material soon. 

'Home Grown' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart (From the Post-it III Series

Home Grown’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart (From the Post-it III Series

Home Grown’ sketch – having fun with ideas.

 

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Family Genes

'Family Genes' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

‘Family Genes’ by Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Revisiting artworks ‘Virus’ … actually these ones were never really completed rather a state of mind – thoughts expressed as video installations. The theme lead to other things such as my focus on Science+Art and the opportunity to research bioinformatics and genetic variation through other works such as ‘StellrScope’ and ‘FingerCodes’.  

Amazing to see my family’s involvement in my work, how they have been a part of my work (always) and with tremendous respect to them.

AcknowledgementAuguste Soesastro who kindly provided his textile works for adaption in the artworks   


Communicating Science: Explorations through Science and Art

Communicating Science: Explorations through Science and Art

PhD thesis and final seminar complete. Created this image ‘Discovery’ to celebrate the research.

PhD Research study at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS), Australian National University & the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). 

Discovery by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

‘Discovery’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Image contains a digital watermark that is not on the actual image.


Science’Scapes

‘Spheres’, Image created by Eleanor Gates-Stuart for M O O N S T U A R T

Above image is part of the M O O N S T U A R T multimedia installation ‘Disparate Beings’.

Interchangeable Science’ScapesVisualising Science

Poster presented as part of  the Poster Session & Presentation, ‘Interchangable Science’Scapes’, Bioinformatics Focus On Analytical Methods (FOAM) 2012, part of the Computational and Simulation Sciences and eResearch Annual Conference, CSIRO, 2012.

Interchangeable Science’Scapes, Poster by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Features images, Biosecurity as Art, created for the Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network and Viral Connections for M O O N S T U A R T.

 


Viral Connections

‘Virus Series’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

On going research relating to imagery beyond visual identification in scientific experiment. ‘Virus Series’ is an abstractive collection of viral depictions used as video ‘painting’ installation – a series of works conceptually evident and fused into new work, particularly ‘FingerCodes’.