Blue Ribbon Award and Best in Show
This piece of artwork depicts the test on the iNOS protein called Gel
Electrophoresis. This experiment involved manipulating the iNOS protein
to extract the purest form. As the iNOS protein was manipulated, different
shades of blue appeared, which the blue rings represent. Each panel
portrays a different stage that iNOS protein experienced and the design
is gradually moving down one inch per panel as it evolves into the purest
form. The panels are intended to symbolize microscope slides; as if
you were taking an enlarged look at the iNOS protein as it went through
Red Ribbon Award
Developed off of the summer work done by Claire Kenney, my project focuses
on the flow of blood through the body. The ability of iNOS to expand
and contract blood vessels is portrayed through an abstract interpretation.
Using intense hues of contrasting colors, I emphasized the fluidity
of the red blood cells by placing a representation of a slide around
its center emphasis. It represents both the natural flow of the blood
and cells and the slides with which much scientific observation is done.
I sought to keep the rhythm of my line moving through the piece to better
display the idea of coursing blood.
White Ribbon Award
This piece is simply a representation of the gel electrophoresis chart
that the purification project produced, but using different colors.
The symmetry that is naturally found in gel electrophoresis charts transfers
well into the realm of art because the asymmetry is aesthetically pleasing.
The simplicity of the finished piece is also representative of the simplicity
that results from the purification process undergone throughout the
||“Candied Blood Vessel”
Honorable Mention Award
My candy blood vessel was inspired by Claire Kenney’s iNOS research
presentation. In my project I tried to recreate a real blood vessel
out of candy. I replaced actual parts of an artery with various candies.
For instance, for the tunica adventitia, I used Twizzlers. Integrating
candy and science helps make science interesting and fun!