Betty Busby, a textile artist based in New Mexico, uses quilting to explore scientific themes. Her large and often spectacularly detailed pieces represent biological processes, including cell division and the growth of plants and other organisms.
Busby uses photomicrographs of scientific images as inspiration for her work. She says that because the colors in microscope photos are mostly artificially produced, either through chemical or lighting methods, it gives her the freedom to experiment with “the wildest color combinations I can think of, unhindered by expectations of realism.”
This piece, Growth Factor, looks at cell growth and development. Busby printed the cell images on silk in a palette of green and gold, evoking a forest, then appliqued the purple organelles welling up in the middle. This piece will be shown at “Quilt Visions: Brainstorms” at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA, in October 2012.
This post contains material that originally appeared in Guru magazine