‘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.
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’ sketch – having fun with ideas.
It has been great fun to be involved in Shirty Science this year and to team up with Dr Marija Mustac as ‘Project Earthquake’. What a terrific initiative by Madison Hartill-Law to come up with the idea of Shirty Science – check out: website and facebook page.
Marija and I have completed our project design which will be released soon via Shirty Science – so no sneak peek just yet!!
However, I wanted to sketch out my thoughts on one sheet to document my thoughts and have as a keepsake. I do tend to use post-it (sticky notes) to think through ideas and this sheet actually starts with my first sketch ‘taking shape’ as I contemplated how I would exchange ideas with my scientist partner, Marija. Interesting how Marija’s research focuses on tracking earthquakes and I have experienced quite a few from living in Taiwan … a great start for the both of us!! Anyway, not to discuss our completed design but to post this page as an insight to the experience for me. Keep a look out for all this year’s fabulous designs from Shirty Science.
In writing mode for the works in progress, Blood Fusion, Orchid Plants in Collaboration with the Orchid Research and Development Centre at National Cheng Kung University. I might have seemed quiet since returning to Australia but that is because I am busy working on my research projects and the Orchids are very much a favourite. Here is a peek at the images created for documenting the process. A big project with lots of material to include. I am hoping share the results soon, hopefully a conference paper along side the artworks and photographs. © Eleanor Gates-Stuart
Acknowledgement: Professor Hong-Hwa Chen & Pei-Han Lai, National Cheng Kung University
What an end to a great semester at National Cheng Kung University and having enjoyed being part of bringing this Techno Art Program into existence. Wonderful to have received my full Professorship and to have worked with some amazing colleagues and students. It will be exciting to hear of the 1st Techno Arts Masters students, 2017 graduation, and I hope they visit Australia in the future. This last semester was special by introducing students to science-art and to develop their research in collaboration with the Orchid Research and Development Centre (ORDC), NCKU. I will post more about my own research with ORDC soon. Now to life back in Australia 😀
|Jimmy Hung||洪凱祥||Yu Fu Lin||林玉富|
|Rider Chen||陳相丞||You-Yi Chen||陳佑亦|
|Jiun-Kai Huang||黃俊凱||Hsin Huang||黃歆|
|Jessica Chen||陳瀅守||Wu, Wan-Lin||吳宛霖|
|Lu, Wei-yu||盧威聿||Xu, Rui-ling||許瑞鈴|
|Prof Eleanor Gates-Stuart||愛莉諾||Prof Hong-Hwa Chen||陳虹樺|
|(Nicole) Pei-Han Lai||賴姵含|
We would like to express our thanks to the Orchid Research and Development Center (ORDC) for their kindness and support in collaborating with the artists in the Techno Art Program 1051. We wish the very best for all their research and future success.
Special “thank you” to:
Professor Hong-Hwa, Director (ORDC)
Professor Wen Huei Chen, Researcher (ORDC)
Associate Professor Wen-Chieh Tsai (Institute of Tropical Plant Science)
Stellr Mutants VR World are the next ‘breed’ of agricultural wheat extending the Stellrscope species
Artist, Dr Eleanor Gates-Stuart, revisiting ’15 Seeds’ and ‘Beautiful Mutant’ from the StellrScope wheat experimentation and innovation series.
Building the next breed via VR world to experience the species up close and inside.
Acknowledgement: CSIRO + Data61
Objects in Space (VR+) – Stage 3 in Progress following on from initial sketches to VR environments (Google Tilt Brush). Next step: materialising the object – monumental scale
Thank you ATWEN for publishing this article.
Great be be working in both Australia and Taiwan.