21st century advances in technology have opened new windows to the world around us that have enabled artists to dive deeper into the heart of matter than ever before. Whether it’s through the use of microscopes to see cells and molecules, or telescopes to see distant planets and galaxies, or in this case, through the use of advanced drilling techniques to reach precious stones, gems, minerals, and core-sample cross sections of Earth, artists are there to explore. And bio artist Sydney Strahan has emerged with fascinating works of art that reflect the nuances and intimate spaces of the layered world that sustains us. Her art is at the same time capable because of this moment of technological advance, yet transcends the millenia of time from whence its inspiration and the art itself was born.

Sydney has created amazingly vibrant paintings from core-sample cross sections of microscopically thin layers of Earth. By working with expert Geologists, a variety of interesting rocks and stones offered a visual point of departure for her art work.

From her artist biography:

Sydney Strahan is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a double major in Painting and Printmaking, as well as a life-long explorer of the arts in creativity, movement, and spirituality.

Coinciding with a current movement in art known as Bio-Art; art inspired by biological mechanisms, Sydney’s work specifically relates to the exploration of life sciences that examine a human connection to living systems.

Additionally, view her beautiful Gemstone Paintings Gallery for more examples of lush art that is reminiscent of worlds within worlds, once hidden deep within the Earth and now available for all too see.

Bio Artist Sydney Strahan | Gemstone Paintings Gallery

3 thoughts on “Bio Artist Sydney Strahan | Gemstone Paintings Gallery

  • October 20, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Wow Micheal. Her work is wild and beautiful. What a great idea. I’m sure there’s no end to the possibilities.

  • October 21, 2008 at 6:37 am

    A few years back I took a course at a local college in Metallurgy. We looked at thin sections of rock and metal under a microscope, with stains and stuff, and it all looked very reminiscent of what her stuff looks like. Cool. Really cool that someone found a way to bring that out to a larger audience.

  • October 23, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Hi Vikki,
    You’re right, endless possibilities!

    Hi Lou,
    That sounds cool, I’d like to have that perspective as well… going to go look up some images. 🙂

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