Art meets Science what an adventure..
In a nut shell, the scientists’ I am working with are trying to understand cell ‘messaging’ and ‘signalling’ through investigating how certain hormones can cause an individual cell to ‘switch on’ and ‘switch off’ a signal when a medicine is introduced. I have been doing a range of experiments in the Laboratory and on the Microscope looking at how live cells react and operate when hormones, such as Ghrelin and other compounds are introduced. Ghrelin and the other compounds I am investigating are ‘hunger hormone’ which the scientists are investigating to see how successful it can be used to switch ‘on’ and ‘off’ hunger; just think about the potential of that in our ever increasing ‘waistline’ society.
What I have come to realise is that one little cell is an incredibly complex living organism and that the scientists through researching cells in detail and how medicines can work in them can change the nature of how they function in a very controlled manner.
As part of this project I am currently producing a series of exploratory digital design drawings and animations for an exhibition in Derby in July 2011, all the work produced is inspired by working in the Department of Cell Signalling.