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Melinda Barnadas: Exquisite Corpse: Amorphophallus titanum

Melinda Barnadas (UC San Diego): $4,000 for Exquisite Corpse: Amorphophallus titanum. Graduate Arts Grants

“Exquisite Corpse: Amorphophallus titanum” is an exploration in the botanical representation of the world’s largest bloom through an intersection of art and science. Melinda Barnadas aims to distill a contemporary notion of beauty in this spectacle of nature as it collides with the reason of didactic visualization. As an artist working closely with biologists as a strategic treasure hunter of the fantastic, Melinda Barnadas aspires to visualize the invisible in the scientific depiction of the natural. Her deep familiarity with the process of constructing images for science is a framework to revisit and recompose methodologies of scientific depiction. Visualization lies in the providence of art and thus the process of constructing scientific imagery must be reexamined to consider the unaddressed information among the data of the scientifically defined.

With a live Amorphophallus titanum offered to the artist by the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory and its first collected specimen at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she will utilize the photographic reproduction processes of the 1800’s alongside current robotic rapid prototyping methods for the creation of a multidiscipinary exhibition of sculpture and photographs reimaging nature.

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