DNA Cathedral Windows, 2013
These images are based on cross sections of B-, C-, and Z-DNA
This series of photographs is an exploration of the architecture of DNA molecules. I became fascinated by diagrams of DNA cross sections because they resemble the rose windows of gothic cathedrals. Cathedral windows are activated by sunlight, evoking wonder and awe. I wanted to experience how light would interact with the DNA forms. I painted the diagrams onto transparent, reflective materials and used a camera to document the play of sunlight on these constructions. The resulting photographs look like fiery auras, symbolic of the spark of life that transcends rigid form.