Petri Dish Series: Muscles. Science Artist, Erin McGee Ferrell
Petri Dish Series: Muscles. Science Artist, Erin McGee Ferrell. Contemporary Painter and Mixed Media, ArtistAMERICAN.com, Maine. Potential to Kinetic Energy
Petri Dish: Muscle
24 x 36 inches
Mixed Media on Wood
Changing Forms: Potential to Kinetic
I am an artist and a citizen scientist. My large paintings are interactive as touchable as 2-d sculptures. The traditional discipline of oil on canvas transforms through digital technology becoming powdered etched metal. My ideas and designs through heat and machine are altered.
Energy in the form of my visions and sketches on traditional materials are captured digitally and translated through wires, metals and cogs changing form. Much of my art looks at Microscopic Cells in Petri Dishes. Muscle cells have to contract to move a limb, Kinetic Energy. The image I have selected for the Idexx R&D Engineering Space represents these muscles cells contracting.
“Energy can change forms in a similar way in living organisms. For instance, energy stored in bonds of the small molecule ATP (potential energy) can power the movement of a motor protein and its cargo along a microtubule track, or the contraction of muscle cells to move a limb (kinetic energy).” https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/energy-and-enzymes/the-laws-ofthermodynamics/a/types-of-energy
The intersection of Potential and Kinetic, Biology and Technology.
Erin McGee Ferrell
“I am a fearless and passionate explorer of materials, seeking to alter environments and evoke transformation.” “I place big paintings on medical walls to distract patients from pain.” Erin McGee Ferrell creates large 2-D mixed media installations for Corporate and HealthCare Interior Spaces. She also creates large Urban Architectural Oil Paintings on the streets of Portland, Maine and Philadelphia, PA. McGee Ferrell creates art in public places where onlookers collaborate with the artist in the creative process and outcome. Nationally recognized, McGee Ferrell’s paintings are collected by Private and Commercial institutions, including TD Ameritrade, AtlantiCare New Jersey, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, INC. Philadelphia, The Episcopal Diocese of Boston, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, professional hockey player Kimmo Timonen, and America’s Cup Winner- Robert James Gale. Her Maine Oil paintings can be purchased through Venn and Maker Gallery, Portland, Maine. Her work has been highlighted at the Arnot Museum, NY and The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and University of the Arts Philadelphia. McGee Ferrell has also studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Louisville in Italy, School for International Training in Nigeria, and Maine College of Art.