Rebecca Lancefield (streptococci)

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36 x 36” acrylic on canvas stretched over wood panel

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Rebecca Lancefield’s first co-authored paper was published in 1919 when she was a technician, an unusual recognition at the time. Previous to this work, researchers did not know if different streptococcal strains were biologically distinct. For her Ph.D. thesis, Lancefield studied viridans streptococci. Lancefield originally joined the lab of Hans Zinsser. Zissner did not want to work with women and suggested she move her work to the lab of Homer Swift. In 1961, she became the first woman president of the American Association of Immunologists.

MIcroscapes - This series of paintings and sculptures portray a fantastical and imagined world where one can fly, float, or soar through a diminutive landscape filled with microbes, bacteria, viruses, cells, and atoms. The landscapes have the illusion of space so that the viewer can picture themselves floating amongst and exploring the cellular detritus. They allow the viewer to be a kind of ‘nano-tourist’ in a tiny world that is experienced every day. A world that in reality, can only be seen using a microscope or a particle accelerator.  

Colour is very important to this work. It is used to evoke a kind of ‘Disney-fied’ imagining of the microscopic/subatomic landscape. 

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Acrylic with a clear UV matte or satin varnish for protection.

All painting marks or light blemishes are part of the art. There are no returns on original art.

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