Helen Thompson, Xiamen painting Garden

There’s an inescapable whimsy inherent to the shape of spores and fungi. Equal parts amusing and sinister, they grow into limbless, fleshy creatures on the forest floor, complete with hats and awaiting stories of miniature, translucent females taking up residence in their cheap oil paintings. Artist Helen Thompson has expanded on this idea. Art in…

Logics of scientific discovery

Toril Johannessen is a Norwegian artist whose research-based practice explores points of intersection between art and science. The results of the artist’s study of scientific subjects and natural phenomena, variable stars, synthetic stone and Icelandic spar, for example, are often presented as installations that make reference to pedagogical models and scientific methods of analysis, classification…