Artist Michelle Anderst received her certificate in Natural Science Illustration but she says that anatomy takes center stage in her artwork. Her pieces combine the natural and man-made gracefully. I’m especially drawn to her anatomy and circuitry pieces.
Michelle says of her work;
I am currently using my illustrative style to form fictional but plausible unions of biological and man-made structures on canvas. In my studies of science, I have observed many structural similarities in nature which man has also used to achieve a similar function. One example of this is found in the end point of a circuit, called a lead, located on a computer board. This structure looks very similar to a nerve cell ending called a bouton. Both constructions serve the purpose of communicating electronic signals but one is built by man and the other occurs naturally. I paint wallpaper in my compositions to enhance and compare the elegance that I see in bones, veins and nerves. I would like viewers of my artwork to think about the patterns and beauty in these parts of our bodies instead of seeing them as a reference to death.
View more of Michelle’s fantastic work on her site, michelleanderst.com