Deborah Carruthers

“In the same way that science attempts to interpret and understand our world and us,” says Deborah Carruthers, “I believe that it is possible for art to examine the landscape of science.” While often minimalist in aesthetic, each series of Carruthers's work is the result of an elaborate period of research and analysis. Through both her tendency towards using natural materials and her use of scientific research, Carruthers's practice has an intrinsic connection to nature. In creating the “Niagara Tondo” series, she worked with the language of genetics and molecular biology, transforming the genetic data of various plants into color and form. She chose one element within each piece to be a “twin”, removing the original and replacing it with a watercolor representation—intending her viewers to discover the “twin” and become hyper-aware of its existence and their relationship to it.

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