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Subungual
Copper, Brass, Nail Clippings
2017
Subungual
Copper, Brass, Nail Clippings
2017
Subungual
Copper, Brass, Nail Clippings
2017

Visually activated, I feel a powerful attraction to the vibrant colors and rhythmic arrangements present in the many forms of microscopic imagery. This intuitive liking has lead me to draw inspiration and research from various fields of science. Ideally, I urge to create work that engages the viewer with the importance and immensity of human relation to the microscopic world. While this visual stimulus was the driving force of this piece, it did not influence it aesthetically in the outcome.

Whether we directly think about it or not, microbes often dictate our interaction with the world and actions concerning our health. Human health simultaneously has symbiotic, beneficial relationships and threatening, detrimental relationships with these microorganisms. They can drive a form of fear and disgust, such as worry of what dangerous bacteria our hands may be hosting when making contact with our mouths or something we may put into our mouths. Human hands encounter a multitude of surfaces in the world and of the body at a very frequent rate. This creates grounds for a busy community of microbes living on our hands, especially in the region between the fingernail and fingertip. This space harbors prime conditions for excess bacteria, some forms of which have the potential to inflict illness and disease.