A platform for exploring the inherent connections between art and science, Laboratory includes the works of artists, Caitlin Odneal, Brittany Ransom, and Shannon Sullivan.Through observation, investigation, and experimentation each artist examines the world through a scientific lens capturing, responding to, and transforming natural phenomena into abstracted reflections.
Caitlin Odneal transforms collected seeds, grains, dirt, and other found objects into captivating landscapes through a photographic process that utilizes a scanning electron microscope. Odneal received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Her work was included in New Media at the Dallas Contemporary and Metabolic Science and Art at the UNT on the Square Gallery in Denton, TX.
Brittany Ransom’s experience of the shifting landscape during her recent trip to the Arctic Circle are evoked in her newest work that reflects on the transformation of material states, the depletion of time, and the permutation of technological and social trends in a region of relative isolation. Using technology as a material, Ransom’s work introduces concepts that explore the conflicted relationships between our culture, the concern for nature, and the way we interact with the natural world. Ransom is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the highly competitive Arctic Circle Research Residency (2014). Her most recent work has been exhibited in Long Island City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas. Ransom received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently serving as the Assistant Professor of Digital/Hybrid Media at Southern Methodist University.
Born from the desire to literally reference a microscope slide, Shannon Sullivan’s series of translucent ceramic and acrylic wall pieces blends, hybridizes, and reexamines the patterns and prevailing ways of the natural world. Sullivan received her Master of Fine Arts in ceramics with a minor in sculpture from the University of North Texas, School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited nationally with solo exhibitions in Wisconsin and California and in international group exhibitions in Germany. Shannon Sullivan is currently Professor of Art at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA.