Made in 2020, this project uses the polarization of light to create stunning portraits of three scientists: Pupa Gilbert, Elizabeth Wright, and Filiz Yesilkoy. All three are professors at the University of Wisconsin - Madison who use light and polarization in their research. The medium of these portraits - polarizers and cellophane - only reveals the vibrant colors when viewed through a polarizer film. These were first virtually exhibited at the 2020 Wisconsin Science Festival on video, which you can view here.
This project was supported by the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funding from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and special thanks to Arts + Literature Laboratory.
Innovating a Legacy
Completed in Spring 2018, this body of work celebrates four African American women innovators from the early twentieth century. It includes a portrait of each woman in the act of inventing and bordered by decorations taken from their patents. Reliable photographs of these women are often not available, as their stories were thought to be less important and not documented thoroughly. This series of mini-installations does its best with the information available to celebrate their accomplishments and present an artistic document of their lives. Their stories have not ended here, but are a living history that thrives from our interest and determination in sharing their important legacies.
Women in STEM
Completed in Spring 2017, this interactive body of work celebrates great minds in modern times. Each painting is comprised of four layers--three layers on plastic acetate sheets and one on a canvas board. The viewer is able to lift up each layer and reveal more information about these women under the blocked out segments. As the viewer reaches the last layers, the information becomes more personal and specific to these women's life outside of science.
Maxwell's Equations describe the effects classical electromagnetism. Four in total, these monoprints aim to capture the meaning and implications of each equation, through color, shape, and form.