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Unfolding: 60 Drawings by Gupi Ranganathan


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With a BA, a BE, an MBA, and an MFA, Gupi Ranganathan is the smartest artist we know! In 2011 she completed a two year residency at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she produced art alongside scientists studying genomic and biomedical science. This print is based off drawings she completed during her residency.

In Gupi’s own words:
“In the making of Unfolding: 60 Drawings, I was inspired by the different line structures that the scientists I collaborated with use to study and examine the complex layers involved in researching the genomic landscape. The first two rows focus on the linear frameworks usually found in both organic and chemical structures—branched segments and closed loops. The third row comprises the linear structures that come out of graphs and diagrams from the research projects of each of the four scientists whom I collaborated with at the Broad. The last three rows focus on an unentangled, uni-dimensional line segment that builds to a three-dimensional globule in order to form the genome—the genetic sequencing that informs every project at the Broad. In these thirty drawings, I use the concept of the Hilbert curve (a mathematical analysis of a continuous, fractal, space-filling curve) from Erez Lieberman Aiden’s work on genome folding, and layer them to create the simple yet complex structure of the genome.”

This one-color screen print measures 22″ by 30″. It is printed in navy blue ink on 100% cotton, acid-free, 245gsm pale blue Stonehenge printmaking paper. For more about this print, click here.

Edition of 15.