|Title||Notes on the Chemistry of Love|
|Artist / Creator||Kindra Crick|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Author of Text||Quote by Oscar Wilde plus notes by Kindra Crick|
|Number of Images||2|
|Image Process||Hand drawn images and notes cover both sides of the scientific graph paper which show through wherever a thin layer of encaustic has been applied.|
|Structure / Binding||Turkish map fold|
|Medium / Materials||Ink, graphite, watercolor and encaustic wax|
|Paper Stock||Graph paper|
|Number of Pages||One folded page|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||8.5 x 9 x 3 inches (4.75 x 4.75 inches closed)|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death. ~Oscar Wilde
Whenever there is a mystery there is science. Notes on the Chemistry of Love grew out of my fascination with the recent research on the hormone oxytocin, which is thought to play a major role in human love, bonding and empathy. The book presents the tension between knowing and feeling. Chemical structures with their noted properties contrast with contemplative questions about the human heart as the inescapable symbol for human affection. I overlap organic chemistry and anatomical drawings of mind and heart while letting the imagery of science and symbolism bleed through into one another. Notes and images unfold like a map, bringing the thrill of discovery and presenting them to the viewer for examination.
Artist BioKindra Crick is a Pacific Northwest native, an artist, and experimentalist whose artwork combines a passion for scientific inquiry with visual expression. She enjoys creating moments of discovery using painting, printmaking, and book arts. Her interest in science and art has been a constant in her life. Her grandfather was a biologist, while her grandmother painted the female form and encouraged her to paint at an early age. She has a degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and a Certificate in Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Crick’s work has been shown at the New York Hall of Science and the Museum of Contemporary Craft.