Pattern / Response
Artist residency 2018
I was artist in residence at Glasgow University's School of Engineering in 2018.
I worked with Prof Nikolaj Gadegaard and his Biomedical Interfaces at Glasgow research group on their ongoing research into cells and surface pattern. There are many crossovers between my research and theirs; the interaction of patterns and shapes, pattern perception, order vs disorder, control vs accident, repetition... the generation and fabrication of surface patterns and an interest in the material properties of surfaces and printing processes.
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 residency allowed us the time to work together for six months to take these ideas further. I'm grateful to have been funded by The European Research Council (FAKIR 648892) and Creative Scotland on this project.
I shared an office with Marie Cutiongco and Paul Reynolds, who were both working on the response of stem cells to surface topography. Lots of conversations (and drawing) about different dot patterns and how cells respond to them. Why do cells respond differently to different dot patterns? Why do certain amounts of disorder within a pattern affect the potential formation of bone?