Monday, September 19, 2011

Artist brings original 'warm pond' to life

For her latest work, including "Warm Pond," above, Atlanta artist Terri Dilling is drawing her inspiration from Earth's primordial soup, where chemical reactions may have created life on the planet some 3.5 billion years ago. Her exhibit "Assembly" opens at the Portal Gallery with a reception on Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. and continues through October 30.

The prints and paintings were informed by conversations with scientists from the Center for Chemical Evolution during the past seven months. "Although their research is complex, I think scientists are asking very basic questions about what the world is made of and how it works," Dilling says. "As an artist, I'm asking similar questions."

The NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution involves scientists from Emory, Georgia Tech and other institutions, stretching from California to Italy. The visiting artist program is an educational initiative of the CCE to raise awareness about research in chemical evolution, the process of how simple atoms and molecules might form bigger and more complex structures.

"Chemistry has been an interesting influence, causing me to look at my art in a new way," Dilling says.

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