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Viral sculptures

Luke Jerram‘s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations, live arts projects and gifts. Since his professional career as an artist began in 1997, he has created a number of extraordinary art projects which excite and inspire people around him. Jerram’s ongoing research of perception is fueled by the fact that he is color blind. He studies the qualities of space and perception in extreme locations, from the freezing forests of Lapland to the sand dunes of the Sahara desert. With an interest in process, sound and light, Jerram has created a number of small installations, sculptures and performances for arts organisations and institutions in cities from New York to London.

For “Glass Microbiology,” Jerram worked with University of Bristol virologist Andrew Davidson and took inspiration from high-resolution electron microscopic images, creating large, painstakingly accurate glass sculptures of notorious viruses and bacteria such as HIV, E. coli, SARS, and recently, H1N1. Pieces are approximately 1 million times larger than the actual viruses, created over a period of 5 years by working with a team of glass blowers. Sculptures were created to contemplate the global impact of each disease and to consider how the artificial coloring of scientific imagery affects our understanding of phenomena. Jerram also explores the tension between the artworks’ beauty, what they represent and their impact on humanity.

In 2007, Jerram won an Institute for Medical Imaging award for this work. His microbiological glass sculptures are in numerous private collections around the globe and on permanent display at the Wellcome Collection, London and in Bristol City Museum.

Luke Jerram lives in Bristol UK with his wife Shelina Jerram and two children Maya and Nico. He is an artist and research fellow at the University of Southampton, UK, where he also works with a team at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research.

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Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

December 24, 2009 at 11:30 pm

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