Undersung Heroes: Rosalind Franklin

Undersung Heros Series

Role: Concept, painter

Undersung Heros Series: Rosalind Franklin. 36″ x 24″ Acrylic on canvas. SOLD.

Franklin, a British biophysicist, made critical contributions to our understanding of, among other things, DNA and RNA. Despite widespread belief that she deserved to be nominated for the Nobel prize along with Frances Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, she was not. Some controversy surrounds her under-recognized contribution. She passed away four years before her colleagues were awarded the 1962 prize.

Painting Artist Statement: I’m interested in what we gain from reconnecting with the messiness of reality and human perception. I like to experiment with concepts of perception, attention, facial recognition, optical illusion and sensemaking. I was fascinated by stereograms as a kid and often create a similar effect with painting through strokes that appear pixelated and hide images (usually faces or figures with an unusual backstory) in color and form.

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