The sun perched on my head, 2017. Metal, glass, and stained glass, 11.5 x 6 x 3 in. The metamorphosis of corn from the “Probe” series.

Engineering Transparency: A Conversation with Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell’s work fuses the art of science and the science of art. Starting with nature’s sculpted forms, she introduces new definitions of the organic and the synthetic through fragmented objects and hybridized systems that follow the concepts and connotations of natural systems. As an interdisciplinary artist, she has also pioneered new directions in three-dimensional stained glass and watercolor. Acting as potent, visually arresting mnemonics, Campbell’s installations and sculptures harness the physics of light, space, time, and perception to reveal the insidious effects of human interference in natural processes. Her recent work with a Columbia University neuroscience lab devoted to genetic engineering expands an ongoing investigation into engineered food–particularly rice and corn–the global food crisis, and sustainability. The same intertwined themes formed the core of “Bread and Circuses” (2016), an exhibition that, following Juvenal, sought the true cost behind the distractions of cheap commodities and endless growth …see the entire article in the print version of sept’s Sculpture magazine.

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