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This collection of photos captures life over a span of nine years. With the visceral mood I aim to convey, I left several of these pieces untitled as I want the photos to speak for themselves.
Our universe began with the birth of motion. The explosive energy released at that instant gave shape to the motion of matter, which we see today as the receding of galaxies from one other, the red shift, at a rate given by the Hubble’s constant. At far smaller scales, we see both attractive and dispersive forces that move the smallest of matter. Even at the absolute zero temperature, when all movement ceases, there exists rotational motion. Motion is unceasing; even those at seeming rest are in relative motion. It is a miracle yet that we can conceive of these smallest and the grandest of motions in the nature. “In the beginning was the Word”, that with which we conceive. From the running bison on the wall of Altamira to the mayhem in Guernica, artists have endeavored to catch a fleeting moment of chaotic motion, to freeze it in Word, of which a picture is but one form. My photography in a similar vein tries to capture these fleeing moments of instantaneous motion.
Materials/Technique: Graphic design collage
The collage focuses on light and how it impacts all aspects of our being. This intangible source of life travels at 299,792,458 m/s and plays an important role in the production of everything – from the food we eat to the films we see.
Whether we know it or not, we crave the light because it not only sparks our imagination but illuminates our spiritual and intellectual pursuits of truth and discovery. As an institution of learning, universities are at the forefront of fostering curiosity and cultivating new ideas that can revolutionize our world.
I created the piece by thinking about the interplay of light in various realms – from the depths of the oceans to outer space. I considered the newly formed galaxies and the oldest gem formations and sought to capture the light’s narrative in our very human world.
Materials/Technique: Mix of paint, oil pastels, and color pencils
KGI Accomplishments Over the Past 25 Years
Through my drawing I tried to reflect on what KGI has accomplished over the past 25 years and what new heights can be reached in the future.
Materials/Technique: Acrylic on canvas
Ode to the mRNA Technology
This piece for me is a forward-looking statement. The COVID pandemic was devastating, and so many of us lost loved ones to it. This piece is an ode to the mRNA technology that completely changed the course of this pandemic. I look forward to seeing where mRNA therapeutics will take us.
Materials/Technique: Techniques used include a combination of patch-clamp electrophysiology with single-cell calcium imaging and confocal microscopy.
Microscopy Image of “Animon” a Purkinje Cell
“Animon” features a Purkinje cell, a type of neuron found in the cerebellum that is responsible for balance, posture, and learning new movements. This image was captured during an experiment designed to show how autism affects brain function. Looking at these cells, I couldn’t help but notice they looked familiar: to me, they looked like trees, coral, and roots. This branching pattern inspired me to create art out of these beautiful cells and use it to help non-scientists become more familiar with the brain. Image credit: Dana H. Simmons, PhD; Hansel Lab; University of Chicago | Dana-Simmons.com
Materials/Technique: Acrylic paint on canvas.
Inspired by the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling at KGI, the KGI logo, DNA, and the hope that genetic counseling provides people looking for answers.
Materials/Technique: Acrylic paint on paper
A Space of Innovation
This is “A Space of Innovation” made with acrylic paint and pen on two pieces of paper. The lightbulb represents KGI celebrating 25 years of innovation. Icons included in the lightbulb space represent the different programs KGI has had to offer: pharmacy, genetics, community medicine, bioengineering, industry, business, medical device engineering, research, etc. The black space spilling out from the lightbulb represents the exciting potential of what KGI’s future has to offer.
Materials/Technique: It is painted in oil and acrylic on canvas.
Graduation from KGI
Painting was requested by President Schuster to be given to the Graduation Speaker. The students were in the 2017 KGI Graduation. The typical student reaction of throwing their hats into the air is extended by the hats morphing in to birds that fly away from KGI, off to distant rendezvous with their aspirations and successful futures.
Materials/Technique: Written and published text
“A Life in Science . Adventures, Discoveries,and Laureates”
The book covers my time at KGI among other stories.
Materials/Technique: Graphic design
Pulling Back the Skin of Science
“Science gives us the ability to pull back the skin of life and reveal the truth of things. It allows us to understand the mysteries of mountain-making and falling stars. But knowledge isn’t meant to be held as a weapon in a battle to defy our fates and manipulate life over death.” – Lita Judge
To know where we’re going we have to know where we have been. This piece is a tribute to Hank Riggs. Or as many knew him: “Hank”
Nature is the perfect balance of art and science. It evokes beauty, feeling and wonder, while allowing for discovery both for human kind and human mind. Nature is a place of escape to create one’s self. It tells the story of past, present, and future. Nature to me is the embodiment of beauty and ask the ultimate scientific question of why.
For me, creating these pieces was a fun exercise to help me practice painting with watercolors and to practice self-care after Fall 2021 finals week was over. I get inspired by being out in nature and especially by seeing sunsets and clouds and mountains. Here in Claremont, beautiful colors all around during the golden hour can be seen, and these pieces are meant to incorporate all of those striking colors along with the gold accent to add contrast and pop to the pieces.
Materials/Technique: Graphic Design. Drawn, scanned into Adobe Illustrator and converted into scalable vectors.
My art is abstract and highly detailed; it involves thousands of lines and shapes that come together as an ensemble. I find a lot of inspiration to make these ensembles from biology; for ex: molecules come together to make cells, which make organs, which make us! I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid. I’m constantly doodling something, and sometimes I turn those doodles into elaborate drawings and designs that take months to make. Over the last few years, I have become proficient in using Adobe Illustrator for graphic design. I was able to take my drawings, scan them, and convert them into scalable vectors (digital line art). I can manipulate every single detail of my drawings, add color, animate them, and I can scale them to the size of a building.
Materials/Technique: Mixed acrylic on mixed media paper
Dandelions Symbolize Growth
To me dandelions symbolize growth, with every seed on the wind going off to become a new dandelion. Here, against the background of KGI colors, the dandelion seeds are a symbol of how the school continues to grow, expand, and diversify. And in a nod to my own MSGDA background, some of these seeds might even become the future of innovation in genetics.
Materials/Technique: Watercolors, acrylic paint, and sharpie on canvas
Periodic Table of Genetic Counseling
The name of the piece is Periodic Table of Genetic Counseling. As I am a second year in the MSGC program here at KGI I thought I would make a piece that speaks to all of the knowledge I have learned after my first year of in program. It was a fun but large task to think back to the most important parts of genetics and what it means to me to be a genetic counselor. The periodic table is something we all used in college and I wanted a fun play on the concept, full of terms relevant to my future career!
Materials/Technique: Mixed media on paper: graphite pencil, colored pencil, fine-point permanent marker, and water color paints.
Heart Versus Mind
This piece was a group project, created by Hans Smith (alumnus MBS ’09), Beatrice Smith (MBS ’24 candidate), JT Smith (age 10), and Franklin Smith (age 9).
The work is mixed media on paper: graphite pencil, colored pencil, fine-point permanent marker, and water color paints, and measures approximately 18″ wide x 12″ tall (there is excess paper around the edges, so it can be trimmed to a desired size).
The artwork shows a scale with a pivot point centered on the KGI logo molecule, with a heart and a mind being weighed against each other on opposite sides, with the scale held up by a double-stranded DNA wrapped caduceus.
In part, the work is a reference to Hans’s career trajectory after his KGI Master of Business and Science degree. After KGI, he pursued a law degree and now has worked as a patent/IP attorney in law firms and for companies developing therapies for heart disease and mental health issues. Leveraging the “scales of justice” in relation to therapies for hearts and minds has been the focus of Hans’s work after KGI. His degree and education in the MBS program were a major factor in his opportunities in the life sciences industry.
The artwork also references KGI’s longstanding commitment to bioethics, in which the Institute not only develops the minds of their students, but also their hearts as they are taught that there is more to their work than merely maximizing corporate revenues. Some of the original faculty literally wrote the books on bioethics, and it has been a core part of the curriculum to always consider the ethics of our work the life sciences industry. We are taught that it is essential to balance the quest for profitability and financial success against the “heart” behind curing patients and improving lives.
Further, the DNA-stranded caduceus references the Institute’s newest schools and degree programs that are more directly related to the healing of patients: pharmacy, community medicine, and health sciences, which are going to play a large role as the Institute grows in The Next 25 Years.
With the new mascot being released, it was the main focus as we move forward after 25 years of being established. The background color blending is symbolic of time passing (day to night-night to day). The wings have icons of areas where KGI students and faculty have impacted the world. As the pieces of the wings break off, the impact is able to be placed onto the world. The red and blue school colors are also placed in areas to highlight the importance of professional growth KGI has had on its students.
Materials/Technique: Artifically generated
Past. Present. Future.
AI Generated on 09/06/2022
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Materials/Technique: Handmade mixed media piece made of clay, glass, glaze, and paint.
Handmade Mixed Media Piece
KGI is a place where people all have the bio-something pulling them together, the cohesiveness of this piece represents this. However, each program is different and some are more similar to others, which is further characterized by the individual sections. Blue is what I think of first when I think of KGI’s identity. As KGI grows, we will have more programs, shown by the shape of this being able to take on a greater size. Science is often rigid and full of hard lines, but what makes KGI unique is going deep beyond these hard lines and pulling out unique novel ideas. Looking at this piece you might be able to see the depth of what KGI means.
Materials/Technique: Photography and videography
Photography and Videography Mural Documentation
Alia Manetta, KGI’19, and Erik Wehse, KGI’21, wanted to liven up the Gayle Riggs Student Center with a soulful piece of art, part of my 2021 Class Gift. This is our documentation of the 24+ hours we put into designing and painting the piece. It it left if perpetuity to remind students, faculty, and staff that art cannot exist without science, and science without art. Our hope is to encourage more art around KGI.
Materials/Technique: End grain cutting board from maple, cherry, and walnut trees.
The DNA pattern in this end grain cutting board was made using wood from maple, cherry, and walnut trees. While coming up with a design, I thought it most fitting to incorporate the building blocks of life.
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Please vote for the best group collaboration
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Please vote for the artwork that best communicates the overarching theme: “KGI: The Next 25 Years”
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