Moment of Physicality
Rose petals were one of 32 samples analysed from the artist's forensic investigation 'My Sitting Room' 2002. The 32 samples were collected from objects that were in her sitting room. These were analysed under a confocal laser microscope. The sample 'Kept Rose Petals' microscopic analysis was the subject matter for 'Moment of Physicality'. Kubisa located the rose bush from which the petals originated and a rose was collected while in bloom and set as a still life. Alongside this were the images from the microscope depicting the cellular aspects of the rose, together with imagined molecular and atomic states of vibration. All these aspects are required for the rose to become visible and create the moment of physicality.
‘Rose - Moment of Physicality’
Oil on canvas
152 x 112 cm
Private collection New York
‘Pull of the Rose’
Oil on canvas
112 x 81cm
2001-2008 Selection of
Leverhulme Trust Award 2001-2
Collaborative neuroscience research: memory and where and how it is stored in the brain with emphasis on dendritic chemical release. Resident in the School of Biological Sciences, Southampton University.
Paintings emerged not only from images of cells from the confocal laser microscope, but also from immersive drawings that responded to the infinite possibilities of this complex function of neurons, synapses, dendrites and the chemicals released to 10,000 other neurons in order for the brain to relay messages.
Memory and where it is stored is a question present in the Cosmology series and which continues to reoccur in more recent works.
2004 Oil on canvas 152 x 112 cm Private Collection, UK Synaptic transmission, the brain: This captures a moment in the brain when the synaptic transmission occurs, the dendrites (the root like structure) release chemicals which are diffused through the cell membrane. It’s this process that allows memory and function in the brain. As this event happens it signals to 10,000 other neurons.
2004 Oil on canvas 152 x 112 cm Private Collection, London The Synapse is the root-like structure with dendrites at the tip of these. this is where all the chemicals are released to 10,000 other cells to relay messages, ordering action and forming memory.
2001-2005 Acrylic, resin and glitter on canvas 150 x 80 cm Private Collection UK
2004 Acrylic, glue and glitter on canvas 36 x 30 cm Cells release sensations of love in the brain. Private Collection London
2008-15 Acrylic on Paper 40 x 28 cm
2008-2015 Acrylic on paper 40 x 30 cm
2001-04 Oil on canvas 205 x 123 cm Neuroscience series
2002 Oil on canvas 100 x 110 cm Private Collection UK The giant synapse in the brain the horseshoe like structure is the largest synapse in the brain. This shape is formed because thousands of individual synapses have come together to process information concerning the auditory loop (hearing). The central image shows this structure true to the original confocal laser microscope image, whilst the composition itself allows you to travel with the sound waves (white lines and red spots).
2003 Acrylic on paper 40 x 50 cm Private Collection
2003 - 2007 Oil on material 14cm x 26cm
2007 Oil on canvas 20 x 25 cm