Thereís a lot of scientific reference in your work. What do you think science brings to art and what does art bring to science?
I think they really feed each other. To be successful at anything, even science, youíve got to be creative. But thereís a rich history of art that responds to science, going back to Leonardo da Vinci, the way he was was obsessed with perfecting anatomy. Many artists have responded to technological invention. Duchamp was deeply influenced by X-rays. And me, well, Iím inspired by the imagery that comes from genetic research; DNA forms, protein forms, amino acids.
What is it about those forms that resonate with you?
Lacey and baroque?
Yes! Seriously lacy and baroque!
So when did you start using these forms in still life?
It started with an interest in food and trying to think about its visible and invisible aspects. The visible being the traditional representation of food utilizing the history of the still life, and the invisible aspects being both the cultural aspects and whatís going on underneath the surface; the physiology and genetic structure.