I’m very excited to announce the unveiling of my most recent painting ‘Der Biochemische Zyklus’ – an abstract interpretation of the Krebs Cycle. This project was commissioned by The University Of Sheffield as part of Krebs Fest a week long festival aiming to celebrate the major achievements of Nobel price winner Sir Hans Krebs. The painting is now permanently displayed in Firth court at the main entrance of the university together with other Science/Art works by amazing artists such as Seiko Kinoshita, Keith Robinson, and Luke Jerram.
The Krebs cycle is a biochemical process discovered in 1937 by Prof Hans Krebs at The University Of Sheffield. This metabolic pathway explains how breathing organisms convert carbohydrates into water and carbon dioxide for usable energy in cellular respiration.
The series of chemical reactions are represented by dark blue, bean-shaped molecules hovering above a dense, concentric molecular network. The length of the beans is representative of the carbon chain length of the Krebs cycle intermediates, which are actively recycled within one turn of the cycle.
As these reactions occur inside a cellular structure called the mitochondrion – often referred to as ‘the powerhouse of the cell’- a depiction of the familiar folds of the mitochondrial inner membrane were incorporated as a backdrop to the circular image.
The energy released during the Krebs cycle is represented by gold diamonds at specific points, ready to be transferred to, and utilized by all other biochemical processes within the cell.
The many blue shades in the composition refer to the dye methylene blue, which was used by Sir Hans Krebs and his predecessors to demonstrate oxido-reduction phenomena, and to identify the different elements of the cycle. White bands loosely link the different reactions and elements of the cycle and are reminiscent of the white arrows in Sir Han’s famous blackboard scheme.
Many thanks to the university’s amazing public engagement team, Lynne Fox, Prof Simon Foster et Al, and Prof Dave Hornby.
Here is one of the ink drawings I sent to the following exhibition in the beautiful city of Niort France. Winterlong gallery, which has been working with many excellent international artists for a number of years, has curated this really cool line up including this time the work of about 70 artists displayed at the Pilori Museum. I had the pleasure to work with Winterlong Gallery 4 years ago for an installation I did at the museum in collaboration with artist Kid Acne. The title ‘Un dessin est beau si la ligne est vivante’ is a quote by Jean Cocteau and refers to the theme of the exhibition: all works are drawings on paper.
This weekend saw the opening of No Words Required a group exhibition celebrating the art of silent comic at A Month Of Sundays gallery in Sheffield. I prepared this painted illustration based on the movie ‘Under The Skin‘ by Jonathan Glazer. The exhibition runs throughout august Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 – 17:00
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‘Sérigraphie’ is a new exhibition and collaboration with Artfelt, The Children’s Hospital Charity‘s arts programme and B&B gallery.
For this occasion I have produced a brand new exclusive print titled ‘Blossom’. As always, the edition is very limited – only 25 on view and available at the hospital, and on their online shop. The show is focussed on screenprinting with an explanation of the origin and the process of the technique. You’ll find there other exclusive prints – such as an edition of only 10 Dropman prints, which you can only get there along 20 other original artworks. All sales are welcome and will help the hospital.
Long time since my last post! I’m now on Instagram as well @FlorenceEmagram please join me!
Many news to come but for now: I’m participating to ‘Eurotopia‘ at La Escocesa in Barcelona – a fanzine launch and exhibition curated by Zosen, which opens on April 18. For the occasion I made a new Dropman print edition at B&B gallery.
Last week I had the pleasure to be invited by photographer Mark Howe to his beautiful studio in Sheffield for a portrait shoot. We used one of my recent paintings: Night Visions as a backdrop.
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