Elaine Whittaker ARTIST STATEMENT
Inspired by an aesthetic in which art, science, medicine and ecology intersect, my transdisciplinary art practice considers biology as contemporary art practice. I explore the forces that make us human, from the foundational processes and materials needed to form an organism, to the microscopic world of cellular ecologies. My practice is principally based in installation, sculpture, painting and photo-based digital imagery. My artworks incorporate a range of materials: from the traditional, such as paint, pigment and wax, to the unconventional, such as mosquitoes, salt crystals, cells and live microorganisms. Recent works have centred on the fear of pandemics, and on the body as a site of infection reflecting narratives and elements of anxiety that are found in popular culture, scientific research, and personal experience.