images from 'the small worlds' project

 

 

Each piece in this series is about 30x30cms before framing. They are painted on paper  in fine art acrylic.

These paintings are inspired by many conversations with Professor Lesley Smythies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Lesley is a microbiologist interested in the immune system. 

Our immune system is a vastly complex set of interacting biological systems, where astonishing scenarios are played out without simple instruction. Huge numbers of different molecules meet, react and are dispersed over long distances, to meet and interact with other players in the dance. This seemingly uncorreographed world is reliant on molecules' being able to recognise others as 'friend' or 'foe' and respond accordingly.