REVEAL

Installation Description

The artwork in this series unlocks curiosity as a creative link between the arts, the humanities, and the sciences, and explores the symbiotic relationship behind scientific research and the development of artwork. From extensive collaborations with scientists, the paintings, sculptures, and installation harness the emotive power of abstraction to humanize scientific breakthroughs in novel and unexpected directions.

Inspiring the development of artwork is a general interest in the human brain, the diagnosis of a brain tumor and its aftermath, and the advent of the coronavirus and the remarkable opportunities the pandemic provided for further artistic investigation. The artwork was created for an exhibition titled: Reveal: The Art of Reimaging Scientific Discovery at the American University Museum, Washington, DC in fall, 2021.

A personal cabinet of curiosities- amalgam of natural and manmade objects included in the exhibition acts as a portal to the artist’s encyclopedic practice.

Also included is a Semantic Network Data Visualization. The result of a partnership with scientists at University of Pennsylvania, the visualization maps in both animated and still versions, the conceptual evolution of artwork in the exhibition.

The exhibition culminates in the meditative Silent Spread, a graphite on mylar wall mounted installation where 28 diaphanous sculptures of the coronavirus, rendered in gray monochrome and in varying size, reflect and trance the migratory pattern of COVID-19. The installation soundscape titled, ”Virion Breaths” composed and performed by breath artist, Shodekeh Talifero reimagines the individual sculptures as a cycle of expanding and contracting breaths.

A poetic response to Silent Spread titled: SIR, the 28 spheres of Kamen’s harmony, has been created by British poet, SJ Fowler

REVEAL Catalog:
Click this to view the full catalog from the REVEAL installation (2.6mb PDF)

Interview with Rebecca About REVEAL:
Click this to find Lynn Borton’s interview, “REVEAL: The Art of Reimagining Scientific Discovery, with Rebecca Kamen” as part of her Choose to Be Curious series.