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Nano.Stasis Cosmic Garden

posted by – 09/01/17 @ 1:02pm

Nano.Stasis Cosmic Garden is the culmination of Carla Ciuffo’s two year residency at Harvard University.  In collaboration with the Disease and Biophysics Group, Ciuffo has developed a new project flaunting groundbreaking nanofiber technology in an effort to highlight a symbiosis between art and science.

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Ciuffo worked closely with Kevin K it Parker, Ph. D., a Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics.  He has pioneered research involving a rotary jet spinning production of nanofibers and fabrics. These nanofibers are a significant step forward in the realm of biomedical engineering, having the potential to be integrated into a broad spectrum of radical new applications, from tissue regeneration to advanced performance fibers in fashion.

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Ciuffo had the honor of being the first “layperson” to work in Parker’s lab.  Ciuffo has developed tiny nanofiber canvases to be imprinted with her own artwork.  Using a Scanning Electron Microscope, Ciuffo was able to create large acrylic composites to showcase the delicate and whimsical side of these fibers.

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The work in Nano.Stasis Cosmic Garden lies somewhere between photography and collage.  She creates fanciful narratives that capture the fiber’s unique, delicate details and whimsical beauty.

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“As we bridge the divide between art and science, my endeavor is to show how artists use science to make their fantasies real and palpable; and how science uses the arts in the same way.” -Carla Ciuffo

Her art challenges science to consider the role of its own narrative, as well as the visual impact of scientific images.  Science often prescribes a systematic way of thought and communication, while the arts promote nontraditional and creative critical thought.  These processes prove useful in scientific research. The combination of the two subjects is a symbiotic relationship, allowing the production of creative research and impactful work.