Karen Neill

Artist, Maker, Arts development worker, Teacher

My work deals with the crossing over of art and science, I am most interested in the behavioural characteristics of the movement of fluid and in particular liquid crystal. I capture the full colour spectrum and the intrinsic qualities of its molecular structure, through film and microphotography using polarised light to reveal the molecular orientation. Liquid crystal is believed to derive from cholesterol and DNA. These intimate micrographs and moving 'paintings' gaze into a phenomenon, inviting the viewer to submerge within the realms of ethereal depths. As the liquid warms and cools the textures and spectrum writhe and flow enticing a sensory perception as a time travelling tool; it takes us to another world, it tests our senses and questions our perception of the hidden depths and currents of the movement of matter. I am on the Lonsas website and work in schools. A Fellow of The Digswell Arts Trust and work from my studio at the The Forge Digswell Herts. Visits by appointment only. *** I have just uploaded a link to my video on Vimeo 38930778 This is a 6minute video of moving liquid crystal - the material found in just about every screen on the planet, which is an organic substance and is allegedly a derivative of DNA and cell membranes. I have filmed the liquid crystal through the microscope using polarizing lenses, hence the full colour spectrum. I would like to use it to aid patient recovery, to help calm and distract.If a screen or screens were placed on the ceiling of the treatment room, without hindering the patient, nursing staff and equipment and in full view for the patient to watch and relax and be distracted from invasive, uncomfortable treatment. Special thanks to the LCI. Ohio.USA. read full statement

Location Harpenden, East
Activities Early years education, Primary education, Secondary education, Residencies, Workshops, Art therapy, Arts in health, Community arts, Public art, Private commissions, Visual arts consultancy, Project management, Marketing/communications, Web development, Film-making, Photographic documentation, Collecting
Website http://www.karenneill.com

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