Art and Science

While science and art are not often viewed as the most obvious bedfellows, Belfast-born artist Gemma Anderson believes that ‘neither one can subsist without the other.’

Nematode
Nematode

Anderson’s gorgeous works take biological and mathematical models as a starting point for etchings, drawings, photographs, photograms, film and sculpture, creating her own unique field, which she dubs isomorphology.

Aeonium
Aeonium

Her work takes the mathematical and biological principle of isomorphism as its starting point. Simply put, isomorphism denotes things that are similar or identical in form and structure.

Fano
Fano

Anderson uses this idea to compare the forms of entities including animals, minerals, vegetables and other compositions.

Vinetree
Vinetree

Having examined specimens from zoological, mineralogical and botanical collections at The Natural History Museum and University College London, Anderson has worked to form her own unique way to classify these similarities, using visual art to communicate the similarities between the seemingly disparate worlds of animals, vegetables and mathematical patterns.

Knot
Knot

We love Anderson’s hand-coloured etchings, which uses repeated forms to cast a whole new light on the familiar patterns, flora and fauna that are all around us.

Iso 4 Fold
Iso 4 Fold

Gemma Anderson – Isomorphology runs from 7 February – 6 April at Eb & Flow Gallery, 77 Leonard Street, London EC2A

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