Amy Peters Wood
About the Artist
For me, art and science have always been two different ways of looking at the same thing. In order for me to accurately represent something artistically, I have had to know it scientifically. This need to know anatomy, chemical structure or subatomic physical properties has led me down a peculiar and convoluted art path, exemplifying the distorted experiences and musings leading to its creation. Landscapes evolve into anatomical digressions. Forests become follicles, shrubbery and distant ridgelines morph into the greater omentum, that fantastic lacelike organ which protects and heals, while microscopic organelles and cellular histology, can transform into rocks, trees or water. I paint with egg tempera, using eggs from my own farm and pigments collected from around the world. Having done my honors thesis for my bachelor's degree in special relativity, I maintain a rapport with quantum mechanics and the relationship between energy and matter, time and space. As a practicing veterinarian, I also tend to see the world through the eyes of my patients, and my art reflects this symbiosis.