Suzanne Anker's Artwork
Ms. Anker is a visual artist and theorist working at the intersection of art and the biological sciences. Her books include The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age, co-authored with the late sociologist Dorothy Nelkin, published in 2004 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Visual Culture and Bioscience, co-published by University of Maryland and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Her writings have appeared in Art and America, Seed Magazine, Nature Reviews Genetics, Art Journal, Tema Celeste and M/E/A/N/I/N/G. Her work has been the subject of reviews and articles in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Nature and has been cited by Barbara Maria Stafford, Donna Haraway and Martin Kemp in their texts. She has been a speaker at the Royal Society in London, Cambridge University, Yale University, the London School of Economics, the Max-Planck Institute, Universitiy of Leiden, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Banff Art Center any many others. Chairing SVA’s Fine Arts Department in NYC since 2005, Ms. Anker continues to interweave traditional and experimental media in her department’s new digital initiative.
|Malignant Nerve Peripheral Sheath Tumor|
|David - NF1 - Netherlands|
On my Many Faces of NF page, I paint any person with NF who will donate to the Children's Tumor Foundation or NF Inc. or their local NF Chapter. So, these portraits are simply my way of saying thank you to all those who continue to raise awareness about NF.
I am now trying to widen the scope of the portraits to start making them read as an entire visual unit. I was struck by how my portraits "read" when they all are condensed into little thumbnail size pics on Facebook. I liked the idea of seeing so many people at one time, rather than just an isolated portrait. So, I am going to start playing around with this idea and quickly did this little sketch of what it might look like to start incorporating the two elements.
The preparatory here to the right is just one idea to try and visually unify the portraits I've done while still making them visually interesting and not necessarily blatantly about NF. The thought is to print out real prints on photo paper and somehow paint these bold patterns over the top. I'm not sure I want quite this many faces as it seems to get a little cluttered, visually. After I did this sketch, I realized that I do not like all the white space going on in the background either. And I would rather the portraits look a little more organic than solid rectangles.