Dunn Lab Artist-in-Residence

Art, again and again, through history has spurred and sped the process of science. It challenges what we know and see as well as our sense of what might be possible. Yet, the moments in which artists and scientists have the opportunity to work together, or even just side by side, are few. To spur such possibilities we have begun to create opportunities in our lab for artists and scientists to work together, at the same bench, exploring truths together. Miella Green came to our lab in this context to do art that to me poses questions about what life is, could be, and can be. Miella produced some of the art you see here in our lab. She worked alongside scientists studying the lives of ants, the biodiversity of belly buttons, and the wings of cicadas. What I hope came from this time she spent in our lab is some insights about life and science that inform what her art can be, but, perhaps more importantly, insights among the scientists in my lab about their own work. Time will tell whether this has been the case (I suspect it has been) but in the meantime what is before you is the chance to engage Miella’s art yourself, to consider its life and truths and the ways in which it might allow you to see the world anew. Miella’s art is alive with her vision, with the possibility of what life and art can be, and then also with very organicness of the materials she uses to make her art, materials that were once alive and, in her hands, are, once more, animated.

Selected works from her project A Thousand Galaxies will be on display on the Hunt Library Commons Wall from August 29 to September 4.