Isea 2022 - Possibles

'Artist talk'

'Artist talk'

June 14th

Artist talk / Umbra

Authors: Jess Holz

Work: Jess Holz creates ‘microsculptures’ incorporating insect and plant material, imaged by scanning electron microscopy.


Theme: microscopy, flesh, objectivity, insects, visual culture, imaging technologies, biology, scale

  • Abstract: Jess Holz creates ‘microsculptures’ incorporating insect and plant material, imaged by scanning electron microscopy. By collaging materials into small sculptures she creates imagined interactions between entities present. In her work she experiments with bizarre distortions due to charge buildup (an imaging artifact) as a way to challenge the assumed objectivity of scientific images.

  • Biography: Jess Holz (b. 1985) creates artworks which give the viewer a peek into invisible worlds, as well as a chance to reflect on the influence of scientific visual culture on our collective imagination. She has recently received an MFA in Art+Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; previously she has worked in several labs and imaging facilities, gaining valuable technical experience with a number of microscopic imaging techniques. She currently works as a microscopy research associate at a Boston University lab which investigates the neural circuitry underlying thought and emotion. A true artist/scientist at heart, she has been using the scanning electron microscope for artistic purposes for the past 16 years. The discrepancy between what can be perceived by eye and what is imaged by the microscope has fostered her fascination with perceptual systems along with the optical properties of materials. Jess actively exploits this in photography and installation.


  • MACBA - Convent dels Àngels

Plaça dels Àngels, 5, Barcelona

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