“The microbial life captured me in a big way”
Elaine Whittaker is a Canadian artist inspired by an aesthetic in which art and science overlap. Her transdisciplinary works consider biology as contemporary art practice. She examines the forces that make us human, from the foundational processes and materials needed to form an organism (water, heat, minerals), to exploring the microscopic world of cellular ecologies. Recent works have centred on the body as a site of infection, reflecting narratives and elements of anxiety found in popular culture, scientific research, and personal experience.
Elaine Whittaker’s Artwork
Elaine Whittaker – 30sec film artists Q&A
- How do you usually get inspired again after working on a big project/painting?
- Do you collect things?
- What's the last great book you read?
- How do you come up with ideas?
- Is there a childhood experience that has helped shape the kind of work you do today?
How do you usually get inspired again after working on a big project/painting?
Do you collect things?
What's the last great book you read?
How do you come up with ideas?
Is there a childhood experience that has helped shape the kind of work you do today?
Behind the Scenes – Filmmaker’s Experience
There are not many artists working on their contemporary art practice based on biology and it is so fascinating to see how “the microbial life” attracts Elaine Whittaker’s attention.
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