Liz Hickok, ‘Sets and Tests (white cup)’, 2014, Michael Warren Contemporary

artist statement: "The images in Sets and Tests capture my experimentation with the crystal-forming chemicals monoammonium phosphate (MAP) and alum. As chief scientist in these phantasmagorical environments, I test a variety of variables, including chemical growth on various materials, the effect of submerging an object in the liquid, and how added colors travel and disperse. To my continued amazement, the crystals always grow in somewhat unpredictable ways, allowing for wonderful accidents and surprising effects."