Michelle Anderst's intricate and unique synthesis of the botanical, the mechanical, and the anatomical truly exemplifies the Victorian spirit of observation, celebrating an intense fascination with the natural world and the parallels between machine efficiency and the inner-workings of living organisms. In circuit boards she sees the winding paths of nerve impulses; in collections of veins, the elegant curl of plant vines. Although we often associate the bones and organs of our bodies with death, her exquisite compositions are not an expression of morbid destiny, but instead an affirmation of the beauty of being and the amazing design of natural and manmade structures.
Using various elements from such distinct disciplines as biology, engineering, and medicine, Anderst reveals the ingenuity of nature mirrored in man's artificial creations, including art itself. The complexities of and disparities between each of these scientific domains seem to dissolve into an organic whole, creating a splendid visual representation of the resilient, reoccurring, and unifying elements of life and matter.
"Brachiopod" - Oil on canvas, 10" x 10"
"Venous Rose" - Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
To see more, visit Michelle Anderst's website at www.michelleanderst.com.
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Laura is a freelance illustrator based out of Tucson, AZ.