DescriptionI created this piece as a second part to Whirlpool Galaxy, which is also displayed in this gallery. Some 20 million light years deep within the nucleus of the Whirlpool Galaxy, the Space Hubble telescope discovered two particle dust rings silhouetted by a burst of light, displaying the image of a cross. What a beautifully significant discovery for humanity. Similarly, there is a molecule called Laminin within the extracellular matrix which forms the components of our bodies structure. It is the binder that literally holds us together. Without this protein or with a disruption in its development, our bodies suffer from muscle related multi-symptom disorders . The composition of the laminin protein, when laid out flat, is in the shape of a cross. Truly an amazing symbol to mankind that there is a God who has created us, lives within us; holding us together universally; both inner and outer. The thought behind this piece certainly outdoes the actual artwork itself. I had a VERY hard time with it and redid it probably 20 times over the past week, wasting probably 15 hours or more, but I was determined to come up with something..ANYthing that would allow me to display it. One thing I DID discover is that it is pretty close to impossible to beautify a molecule while allowing it to still look like a molecule. The reason being is that the photograph of an actual laminin molecule is simply a scattering of black dots with a cluster of more black dots in the center and all of that, displayed upon a white background. I didnt want to deviate too much from its actual state, fearful of overdoing it but not wanting to under do it either. I did want to give it a little more color and a bit of visual effect.
Sandra Jean, Pacific Northwest Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement It's a wonderful gift to be given the freedom to express ourselves through the diverse mediums of art. I believe that a creative spirit dwells within the depths of each human being and that some of the greatest joys in life come from seeking and discovering what our inherent gifts are. And then comes the exhilaration of cultivating and developing those gifts in a way that not only aids us in soulfully defining who we are, but at the same time benefits and touches the lives of others in some positive way. I have always been passionate about the arts and in the past couple of years have discovered the extremely insightful and therapeutic realm of digital painting, graphic design and photography, bouncing from one to the other in subject matter and self development. Always seeking to create and capture something different from what is considered usual and always striving to do better.
On a more personal note, God and my family come before all things. In the arts, music is my first love, I am an avid reader and a lover of the outdoors and nature in all of its vibrant and moody changes and often times my artwork is a reflection of what is currently moving me.
So welcome to "Impressions of Art and Soul". Your comments are appreciated and I'll do my best to answer any questions you may have.