Jenny Pollak was artist in residence at the Electron Microscope Unit for two years 2005-6 when she worked on protozoa, (grain of sand-sized marine organisms), that she scooped up with sand at Mackerel Beach in Northern Sydney. These were photographed using scanning electron microscopy (XL30). For her works Bloodlines and Hartlands a map of the collection site has been miraculously superimposed upon the microscopic forms.
Leeuwenhoek’s Dream is an installation inspired by the fact that the Dutch microscopist Leeuwenhoek was the first person known to have seen protozoa through his 1670s microscope, exclaiming ‘My dear goodness, what miracles are in such a little creature!’ The glass ball that images are viewed through in the installation evokes a sense of peering through a lens as Leeuwenhoek did in the seventeenth century. Leeuwenhoek’s magnification was not bettered until the 1900s, partly because he kept his ideas for creating the lens a secret – an idea that also inspired this work. A fascimilie of Leuwenhoek's microscope is on display in the gallery.
Following Jenny will be a selection of work by the artist Stephanie Valentin, who worked with electron microscopy at the University of NSW.
Exhibition Dates: 1 August 2008 - 2 November 2008