The work in this series was inspired by thinking about differences between my current experience making sculpture and my previous experience making molecules as a synthetic chemist. In particular, the molecular objects were so small I’ve never seen them by eye. Instead I relied on constructing visual representations of them by reconciling data from a variety of instruments, each of which ‘sees’ a different aspect of the object under observation. The resulting visual representations were consistent with the phenomena detected by the instruments but were of objects which at that scale actually have no visual qualities whatsoever.

These works are photographs of painted sculptures, made using a faceted lens. The colour palette is reflective of the colours of chemical complexes I’ve made.


Dierdre Pearce, prototyper (2016). Interactive installation, found objects, acrylic paint.