A delightfully trippy artistic interpretation of the biosphere concept

In 2007, San Francisco artist Shoshanah Dubiner – who had spent the preceding 40 years designing costumes in Italy, working as a graphic designer in Los Angeles, and teaching handwork at the Waldorf school (among other things) – enrolled in a university course on cell biology. Her experience in the classroom inspired a ridiculously awesome series based on the world seen through the microscope.

Featured here is a piece called "The Deep." Dubiner describes the piece on her blog:

A delightfully trippy artistic interpretation of the biosphere concept

My painting, "The Deep," interprets the vision of the great Russian scientist Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (1863-1945). A minerologist, geochemisty, and founder of the biosphere concept, Vernadsky calculated the amount of cosmic energy that the biosphere absorbs through solar energy being trapped by chlorophyll of green algae. Vernadsky ultimately saw living matter as the greatest of all geological forces. In this painting, the sun’s energy, shown as photons, is transformed by photosynthesizing red and green bacteria, algae, and plants into a “green fire,” shown here as flames. According to Vernadsky, the expansion of the “green fire,” fed by the sun, pressured other beings, like animals, to become more complex and more dispersed, i.e. to evolve into the millions of species of creatures who have inhabited and still inhabit our planet.

See more of Dubiner's awesome science art on her website.

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