Along with 7 other talented artists, we have the pleasure of having Michelle Andersts’ work in our gallery for the “Gifted” exhibit that runs through December 23rd, 2011. Anderst grew up fascinated with anatomy which she largely attributes to her dad’s work as a ultrasound sonographer. She used to visit him at the hospital and pour over his anatomy books. She continued her passion for anatomy and has since then combined her artistic skills and scientific interest and earned her Certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington in 2010. Anderst has exhibited in our gallery in past years and continues to be a favorite of ours. She moved back to Medford, Oregon (where she grew up) but we still think of her as a Seattlite and she will be coming up for the Encore Artist Opening on Friday, December 9th from 6-10pm.
With this series of work, Anderst melds flora with venous and bone anatomy to create an other-worldly feel. This unusual pairing when studied, becomes more familiar to the viewer, as you start to realize that Anderst is purposely coupling similarities between humans and nature. The venous attributes of human anatomy with venous structure of floral anatomy. Her paintings become a strange and beautiful statement on the interconnectedness of life on this planet.
In the piece below, “Commelina Transistor”, she takes it one step further and conjoins cellular anatomy and compares it to a mechanical computer board. This is an elegant illustration of cellular and technological communication.
To get the full effect of Andersts’ detailed handiwork, please come by the gallery Wed – Fri from 12pm – 6pm. Or better yet, come meet the artist on Friday, December 9th.
Bherd Studios Gallery
8537 Greenwood Ave N | Suite 1
Seattle, WA 98103