This painting depicts anaphase; a stage of mitosis and/or meiosis. All eukaryotic life forms undergo mitosis or meiosis both asexually and sexually in order to process one of the crucial stages in the mechanism of life (cell reproduction). I wish to ‘pause’ the cell’s cycle duration immediately before the stage of telophase (which shows cleavage furrow separating separate cells). By using a circular canvas the painting brings connotations of microscopic imagery. The dust and colours used in this painting imply and mimic a starry light. I hope viewers can rejoice in our abstraction of being alive.
This painting was awarded as the Biological Arts Prize 2015 (Animal Biology Davies Prize) and become one of the collections at the University of Western Australia.
REJOICING THE ABSTRACTION OF BEING
2015 Oil and oil pastel on canvas
Diameter: 90 cm