Learning How To See

Time lapse of my agate geode with the sun through my rainbow window film, 2017

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Optical Illusions

Years of training in realistic oil painting has made me hypersensitive to the differences between how the eyes see and how the brain sees. I currently have two projects on optical illusions: an inverse U.S. flag and resulting photo series where photos containing the flag are inverted, and a series of participatory linocuts of lit candles where the viewer must use an after-image to complete the picture.

Rat with a broken tail. Taken with the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor, Oakland, CA 2016.

Cameras

Through my collection of simple consumer novelty and industrial cameras–thermal/infrared, underwater, micro, motion sensing–I explore places that are invisible or easy to overlook without the camera.

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Geodes

Geodes are round rocks that are hollow inside and full of crystals. They are usually displayed carefully cut in half. I explore geodes slowly by hand-sanding through them so that the crystal interior is slowly revealed and creating time lapse photographs. This takes a long time, but it’s quick in geologic time.

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Color Blindness

My bae is red/green colorblind, and through our numerous neighborhood walks we spend a lot of time discussing our color perception.  I created a series of realistic oil paintings showing the difference between the way he sees and the way I see.

Both art and science involve exploration of the unknown. Though I focus on topics traditionally explored scientifically: e.g., geodes, optical illusions, color blindness, how cameras see light, my approach to the subjects is that of an artist: discovering and offering a new way to mentally picture the world, and uncovering values in things that most people do not notice or appreciate.

 

About The Aritst

Emily Wick is a writer, photographer, painter and filmmaker living in Oakland, California. >>>More