Kathryn Garner | Artist Scientist

Artist's Statement

I make paintings that serve as a playground for the mind, a field to run around in, explore or curl up and hide in. An ongoing attraction to the bright colours and complex surfaces of cell and tissue microscopy images encouraged a slight tangent through a doctorate in molecular biology. Now in my artwork I speak about the (biological) cell as a self-contained entity, producing its own power, food and defence systems, yet requiring communication with other cells through complex regulatory interactions. Having moved away from drawings and paintings of cells themselves, these modular lifeforms are now described in a conceptual sense, through drawings of oil rigs, castles, circuit boards and adventure playgrounds. In this way, I create primitive new lifeforms, suspended and squirming like specimens in jars in a museum of anatomy.

Kathryn Garner | Artist Scientist