Biomedical Imaging Unit

Sci-Art Collaboration

The Biomedical Imaging Unit has a long and successful history of collaboration with professional artists who use our microscopes to create and inspire artworks in a variety of media, projections and installations. Current collaborations include:

Pauline Pratt

Pauline is a contemporary visual artist with an MA in Painting from Winchester School of Art in 2003 and an interest in installations and photographic/ video techniques. She has been involved in Sci-Art collaborations with the BIU since 2005 and currently is Honorary Artist in Residence in the Cancer Sciences Division of the Faculty of Medicine and the BIU.

The core of Pauline's recent work involves the notion of anonymous medical samples, the scientific processes behind them and their retention by exclusive and/or privileged groups. Her research has been supported by various funding bodies such as the Arts, Research and Humanities Council, The Leverhulme Trust, SEEDA and lately she has been the recipient of funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England to develop and present “Faith" to the public.

“Faith" is a touring, participatory exhibition where visitors can carry out a scientific procedure to extract and visualise DNA from their cheek cells and prepare a microscope slide from the sample which can be donated to the project archive. Visitors are presented with scientific apparatus and a series of illuminated workstations inset with monitors where 'visual instructions' are displayed to guide them through the process and let them become part of the exhibit. "Faith" has been presented at The Bargate Monument Gallery in Southampton, Quay Arts in Newport, Isle of Wight and South Hill Park in Bracknell.

Pauline's Website visit 

Faith Website visit 

Faith montage

 City Forensics Montage

Seran Kubisa

Seran Kubisa graduated from Bath Academy of Art studying painting at Bath and at Cooper Union, New York, U.S.A. After completing Post-Graduate studies in Cyprus she returned to England where her work has been influenced by concepts in science and colour. A Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Award in 2001 initiated Seran's involvement with the University of Southampton and biomedical imaging methods and led to an interest in using confocal microscopy to visualise tiny, "forensic" fragments of people's treasured possessions and of artifacts from museum collections, revealing the additional information that they have accumulated through history and linking these to the memories they evoke to develop images, artworks, light sculptures, installations and projections. Amongst her recent commissions has been "Treasure Island", an Arts Council- and SEEDA-funded project involving the collection, recording and analysis of over 200 artifacts from Portsmouth's community groups and heritage sites

Seran's Website visit 

City Forensics Website visit  

Martha Davies

Martha Davies studied for a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art. She draws and paints the elements of pattern found in landscapes and under the microscopic, linking the grandeur of nature to the simplest of life forms and celebrating correspondences between the two.

Martha's use of natural forms is the basis for her work. During her BA work she studied Dutch 'Vanitas' still life paintings and this interest has led her to photograph elements of life under high magnification using advanced microscopes. Detailed examination of specimens creates an enhanced view of reality, emphasizing the pattern of life. Her works are contemporary still life pieces interpreted from her photographs of real specimens.

Martha's Website visit 

Martha Montage 

Lace montage

Kathleen Rogers

Kathleen Rogers is Professor of Media, Art and Science at the University of Creative Arts Farnham campus. She is currently working with the Biomedical Imaging Unit to develop proposals for a commission as part of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's 2011 international, group exhibition based on conceptual interpretations of “Lace and Space”.

Kathleen's Website visit 

Kathleen Rogers at UCA visit 




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