My current project sheds light on the smallest frontier: the subatomic realm of quarks and leptons. I am fascinated by the behavior of nature’s fundamental building blocks that make up all that we see. As the first Artist-in-Residence with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a member of the group Art@CMS, I use art to invite others with little or no technical background to explore the elegant world of particle physics.
All images by Reidar Hahn for Fermilab
I was inspired to create illuminated, artist’s books that visually express the beauty of high energy physics research. Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, ancient, jewel like objects, inspired me to communicate the exciting research being conducted at Fermilab and around the world. The ancient manuscripts were created as a hand held, personal objects used to transmit the most important information of their day. My books illustrate the connection between high energy particle physics research and the origins of the universe. Quotes from "The Large Hadron Collider" by Don Lincoln. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Dark Glamour: Neutrinos II Velvet, seed beads, DMC threads, acrylic and wood 32" w x 42" h
Dark Glamour: Neutrinos I Silk, DMC threads, acrylic and wood 42" w x 52" h
Dark Glamour: Neutrinos
For the two large textile pieces “Neutrino I and II”, I am using the visual metaphor of nets to suggest how detectors capture images of these rarely interacting, elusive particles. World leading neutrino research at Fermilab begins with the Accelerator Division. Their job is to generate a neutrino beam with the density and concentration necessary for scientists to detect these mysterious particles. The art borrows techniques used in high fashion to project an image of dark glamour.
The Standard Model of Particle Physics
The Standard Model of particle physics is nothing less than a conceptual tool we use to explain our universe. It tells how the vibrant and exciting cosmos in which we live can be explained as endless combinations of a few key building blocks, governed by a handful of simple principles. Using leviathan accelerators, scientists are able to probe deeper into the most basic components of the universe and the rules that govern them. The Standard Model has made predictions that have allowed scientists to validate such theories as the Higgs boson, recently discovered at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. I am intrigued by the visual and intellectual challenge to express this elegant and powerful conceptual tool using dyed textiles, embroidery and other techniques. I hint at the history of particle discoveries, the measurements necessary for observations, books, graphs, blackboards and the unfinished business of scientific inquiry.