The World Unseen: Intersections of Art and Science gathers the work of ten international artists who draw upon microbiology, biotechnology, anatomy, and texts in their investigations of microbes and cells, DNA, history of disease and science, the body, and beauty. They all share a deep interest in science, and some are scientists themselves or collaborate closely with researchers. Some mine the images of the unseen world to comment about the debates that swarm around the intersection of disease and ethics - past, present, and future. Others are drawn to the abstract beauty of what is sub-visible - real and imagined. Several of the artists use their work as a starting point to understand the complex relationships between humans and their biological systems, as well as challenges facing us in the 21st century, including emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Through paintings, drawings, installations, and videos, these artists ponder the humanistic and scientific implications of knowing and seeing what we normally cannot see.
Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter, Ruth Cuthandexternal, Anna Dumitriuexternal, Amie Esslingerexternal, Lorrie Fredetteexternal, Bojana Ginnexternal, Nathaniel Priceexternal, Jody Raschexternal, Laura Splanexternal.
David J. Sencer CDC Museum
The World Unseen: Intersections of Art and Science
May 20 – August 30, 2019