Artist in residence - Area 515 makerspace

In Spring 2017 I was accepted into an artist's residency at Area515 Makerspace. Area515 is a shared workspace that gives its members access to tools like 3D printers, laser cutters, a woodshop, and metalworking tools as well as a space to create.  I was given access to the space, training on the tools, and a budget for materials. Click through the gallery below to view the final pieces created during my residency. Every piece in this collection of works  was crafted directly from real scientific data. Medical CT scans were used for the 3D prints and prepared microscope slides were used for the laser cut cellular images.

 
 
 

Process and experimentation...

I spent many hours at Area515 testing new prints, working on digital models, and getting advice from other members of the space. 

My first focus was 3D printing. I originally planned to create an augmented reality app that could recognize 3D printed objects and project things onto the objects. After some thought and a few test prints I realized that I was more interested in featuring the 3D prints as fine art and exploring how I could augment 3D printed objects to tell a story about medicine or anatomy. 

The procession of 3D printed skull prototypes from earliest on the left to latest on the right.  

The procession of 3D printed skull prototypes from earliest on the left to latest on the right.  

It took a lot of experimentation and material testing to refine the ideas I had in mind. I prepared many different solutions for crystal growing, tested the effects of acetone on a 3D print, special ordered "brain flowers", and tested the laser cutter on many different materials. 

Being an artist in residence at Area515 led to a few interesting opportunities and community partnerships. Click here to read about how we brought medical students and preserved organs to Area515 to learn about science, technology, art, and how they are all connected.