Perhaps the most important network of interactions between cells in the human body is that which occurs between the neurons of the nervous system. Signals are sent between different parts of the body, coordinating and delivering a huge variety of types of information, including that acquired through touch: information about temperature and texture. The nervous system is also responsible for regulating contraction of the heart to send blood around the body, and coordinating the release of hormones into the circulation.
Networks of interacting molecules also occur within cells, providing communication between different parts of the cell, including organelles with different specialised roles. In these paintings, circuit boards, with their numerous connections between microchips, and road junctions, are used to explore ways in which these cellular networks might be represented conceptually.
Circuit Board (2003) Oil and tissue paper on canvas 60 x 84 cm
Circuitry II (2003) Cotton buds, matchsticks and plastic garden fence on board
Circuitry II (detail) (2003) Cotton buds, matchsticks and plastic garden fence on board
Network Card (detail) (2003) Oil on canvas
Circuitry I (2003) Drawing pins, string and acrylic paint on chipboard
Microchips (2003) Mixed media on board
Road Markings (2003) Oil and embroidery thread on canvas
Motorway Junctions (2003) Mixed media on board, each panel 20 x 20 cm