Through a Microscope
This is an excerpt from our art and science show "The Cambrian Explosion". You can hear all the stories here.
“I called them up, and somehow they talked me into taking this microscopy course.”
Before the Fall, 2010, 14x11", watercolor, gouache, map fragments, thread on soldered Abaca paper.
Karen Margolis devises architectural renderings of the mind's operations by plotting dots and burning holes in paper. She considers her works to be maps that chronicle the chemistry of her "states of mind". Margolis, having studied cognitive psychology, devel- oped a system to translate her inner thoughts and feelings into molecular patterns; and although her system is enigmatic to the viewer, the graphic and material properties of the works offer a glimpse into the formal arrangement of emotions.