Work of Cybele Collins
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Optional Gravity (Microfantasy)
These drawings represent life and spaces that are typically invisible, driven by impressions like a glance at a gyrating microbe, stories of molecular machines and the origin of life, and memories of smoke and fireworks.
Drawing these images allowed my mind to move away from molecular biology, my focus of research, and back into it. The images reflect the emotional space I need in this new field, after many years of focus on art, and mainly on human portraits.
Sometimes gravity is crucial, but on a molecular level, the work of electromagnetism in keeping life together is clear, and there isn’t one preferential, upright orientation. The elements that make up our bodies were forged inside stars, balls of fire, which release those elements into space as gas. A common way to visualize and describe an electron around a nucleus is a circular cloud; individual cells are usually described as spheres.
In terms of its activity, though, a cell is more like a subway map than a ball, as the patterns and pieces that make up life are in constant flux. Molecules themselves move with forces of change and balance, within life and beyond it. The image of a cell (whether a part of tissue or a one-celled creature) emerges from the tiny pieces of evidence, compiled and examined by millions of minds, but these come from my need to be alone.
The character of each image is distinct. Drawing these forms takes the same energy from me as a portrait: controlling the image while simultaneously responding to the individual and its character. I move through every drawing with sensations based on evidence or memory, visible and singular only to the imagination and in the act of motion.