Introduction

As artist in residence at Glasgow University's School of Engineering, I've started working with Prof Nikolaj Gadegaard and his amazing bio-engineering team on their ongoing research into cells and surface pattern. In many ways our work is worlds apart, but there are also many crossovers between my research and theirs; the interaction of patterns and shapes, pattern perception, order vs disorder, precision v chance, repetition, randomness... the generation and fabrication of surface patterns, an interest in the material properties of surfaces and printing processes, constant questioning and the development of ideas. 

I was introduced to Prof Gadegaard on a previous residency at the university, when I was working with Prof Maggie Cusack in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences. They had colloborated on research into the connection between the topography of nacre (mother of pearl shell) and human bone growth.

 A drawing from my previous residency, combining observations of the microscopic growing patterns of an oyster shell with engineered nano grid patterns.

A drawing from my previous residency, combining observations of the microscopic growing patterns of an oyster shell with engineered nano grid patterns.

Prof Gadegaard and I started talking about the nano grid patterns his team are working with, and this sparked some new ideas for both of us. This new residency allows us the time to work together for six months to take these ideas further. I'm grateful to be funded by The European Research Council (FAKIR 648892) and Creative Scotland on this project,