2015 Wrap Up

This will be the wrap up blog post for 2015. With the holiday season starting to consume life, I figured I would post this now instead of trying to shove it in later.

2015 has been another productive year for R&D editions with the production of its 2nd edition with the artist, Chris Bathgate, continued progress on the Thomas Petzwinkler experiments, beginning a new collaboration Ryan Hackett and the selection of the Intersecting Methods 2016 participants with continued progress by each collaboration.

It has been a stressful, but very fun year trial and error, experiments and outcomes, and failures and successes, but in the end, that’s what art making is and especially printmaking. In the coming year, I will be posting updates on the IM 2016 portfolio when I receive the prints and with any future exhibitions of the work, I will be continuing with my collaborations with Tom and Ryan and hopefully pulling in another artist or two to begin new collaborations as well as beginning my collaboration with another scientist, Dr. Charles Delwiche.

Dr. Delwiche is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, College Park. I met him through lunch meetings held by the Honors College each month for those who teach Honors College courses.Dr. Delwiche’s main focus is the study of algae to better understand the evolution of plants,particularly the endosymbiotic origin of plastids (chloroplasts), and the origin of land plants (i.e., embryophytes) from green algae. I visited Dr. Delwiche’s lab just before Thanksgiving and he showed me some amazing equipment, but more importantly some amazing imagery of microscopic algae. They had beautiful forms and colors and swam in unusual patterns and lines. I will be visiting with Dr. Delwiche again, early in the new year, to introduce him to the printmaking studio and then schedule times for me to sit in on his Friday discussions with his doctoral and graduate research students to gain a better understanding of their labs work and so that maybe I can help build on their visuals for their presentations.

More updates on that collaboration and all the others will begin again after the new year. In the meantime, Happy Holidays.

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