Assemblage of the Microscopic

'Assemblage of the Microscopic'
Selected as part of the 'Crystalline' exhibition at the Millennium Court Arts Centre
Portadown, Co Armagh
December 2012 - January 2013

 


The narrative of the work interrogates the cold dark waters of Lake Ellsworth in Antarctica and contextualises the natural patterns of polyhedral organisms. The work appropriates scientific imagery, in particular the crystalline structure of Diatoms, Petri Dishes and ice cores. Diatoms, photosynthesising algae, have a siliceous skeleton and are found in every aquatic environment. Whether living diatoms will be found in the sub-glacial depths of Lake Ellsworth is unlikely since they require light to survive. Yet Diatom microfossils may be found in the lake's sediments. If this is the case they can be used to better understand climate and environmental conditions of earth's past. Diatoms have been found in sediments from the Jurassic period onward.

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Assemblage of the Microscopic
Assemblage of the Microscopic
Assemblage of the Microscopic
Assemblage of the Microscopic

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