Monet [Un]Masked – Scanning Electron Microscope

Monet [Un]Masked


Monet [Un]Masked was made with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) of crystals, home grown by the artist. The depth and three dimensions achieved in the SEM sets this imaging process apart from photography where images are created by photons (particles of light) rather than by electrons (electrically charged particles). The electrons penetrate deeper inside the structure creating images with more depth, more natural 3D-look than the photographic images.


Nano Art, Invisible Visual Art.

Nano Art could be for the 21st Century what photography was for the 20th Century. Buckminster Fuller has often been cited as the grandfather of Nano Art, having foreseen the shapes and molecular structures of the nano-world in his geodesic domes, a.k.a. “buckyballs”, which had such a tectonic impact on architecture and art in the mid-20th century.

“Nano Art is the breaking of a frontier, a boundary, and a need: those of an art directly perceptible by the human eye. Nano Art plays on the aesthetic paradox of exposing ideas, concepts and artwork that cannot be seen, but not for this reason they are inexistent or unreal.”- Alessandro Scali and Robin Goode

“We live in a technological society, in a new Renaissance period, and there is no reason for arts to stay away from technology. Nano Art is the expression of the new technological revolution and reflects the transition from science to art using technology. Scientists are exploring the nano world hoping to find a better future and there is evidence that nanotechnology might be the answer. Like any new technology, nanotechnology can have positive or negative effects on the environment and society.” – Cris Orfescu