Embroidering Nature’s Patterns with @meredithwoolnough
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“I have been collecting skeletonized leaves for as long as I can remember,” explains Australian artist Meredith Woolnough (@meredithwoolnough), whose elaborate embroideries mimic coral, leaves and other forms from nature. “I have always found inspiration in the natural world.”
Meredith’s particular method of embroidey is well-suited for patterns inspired by nature. “I work with a unique technique that allows me to create embroidered structures that exist without a base cloth. It’s not your typical embroidery.”
A near perfect Scribbly gum leaf Meredith found inspired her largest work to date. “I mapped out the internal structure of the leaf and translated the design into a dense network of stitches,” she says. “It took me months to complete and it almost sent me mad but I am so happy with how it turned out.”
Embroidery as nature
Schrödinger’s cat, the famous thought experiment devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935, was a way of illustrating a bizarre phenomenon of quantum mechanics called superposition. The experiment proposes a situation in which a cat might be simultaneously alive and dead—until we try to observe it, in which case it appears as either alive or dead. The concept demonstrates the apparent conflict between what quantum theory tells us is true about the behavior of matter on the microscopic level and what we observe to be true on the macroscopic level. Recently, however, scientists at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna have found a way to actually capture these simultaneous states and make them visible to the human eye. They created a combined image (GIF-ified here) where a cat-shaped stencil was bombarded with “entangled” photons. When two separate particles are entangled, their physical properties appear to correlate and they share a single quantum state (the simultaneous states described above). This means that the photons that generated the image never actually interacted with the stencil; instead, separate photons (which shared the same quantum state as the ones that hit the camera) arrived there. When the researchers, who created yellow and red pairs of entangled photons, fired the yellow photons at the stencil, only the red photons were sent to the camera. Spooky. Interestingly, this mysterious behavior could offer a huge array of benefits, including highly advanced data security and quantum communication.
I think I may need to immortalize my city of birth with special locations because who doesn’t like urban geographic crafts?
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, known for his large-scale installations employing elemental materials like light, water, earth, and even atmosphere, transformed an entire wing of Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art into a riverbed for his first solo exhibition. The work, which uses rocks, soil, and running water to precisely emulate a natural landscape, stands in stark contrast to the white walls of one of Denmark’s most important Modernist buildings. Originally designed in 1958 by architects Jørgen Bo and Wilhlem Wohlert, the Louisiana’s staggered, irregularly sized portals create an experience that highlights movement through space. By filling the Louisiana with a landscape its galleries might have replaced, Eliasson heightens the haptic qualities of this experience and points to the reality of the museum as an institution and a physical locality. The work raises the question of how natural and built environments might intersect, though it is up to the viewer to decide whether this tension is constructive or destructive.
Olafur Eliasson keeps impressing. I miss the waterfalls.
by Dukno Yoon
a film negative, 2014 (re-soaked negative)
negative film manipulation:
from household items and other special enzymes
Jobo C-41 color home processing kit
Kodak Gold 400 35mm
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