Unconventional information

One of my favourite bloggers, Dr Isis of On Becoming a Laboratory and Domestic Goddess recently posted a photograph from an artist called Kevin Van Aelst. You can find his page here.

According to his site, Kevin

aim[s] to examine the distance between the ‘big picture’ and the ‘little things’ in life—the banalities of our daily lives, and the sublime notions of identity and existance. While the depictions of information–such as an EKG, fingerprint, map or anatomical model–are unconventional, the truth and accuracy to the illustrations are just as valid as more traditional depictions. This work is about creating order where we expect to find randomness, and also hints that the minutiae all around us is capable of communicating much larger ideas.

Two of my favourites are below. I love the juxtaposition of how they are both instantly recognisable as important scientific icons but they are made out of something we consider fun and frivolous – gummis.


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