When Alexandra visited our lab, she recognized similarities in the ways jewelry and Organ-Chips are constructed. “The method of creating the chip,” she noted, “reminded me of the process of lost wax casting, which is thousands of years old but is still used to make jewelry and sculpture.
“It’s fascinating to see artists and scientists exploiting very similar tools in completely different environments.”
She began experimenting by running metals through the microchannels that pass through the center of the Organ-Chips. After a year in the studio, the collection is ready for release, and features several pieces that trace the lines inside the chip, forming abstractly figurative designs that bring to mind ancient drawings of humans.
“My initial ideas are always based on the relationship between human form and object, between the body and the piece,” she said. “So I extracted what was visible from the chip, which were the microchannels, and I found that they looked human taken out of the chip.”
“Emulate takes organs from the body and makes them alive outside of it,” she added. “I wanted to take that one step further and put the chip back on the body to see the relationship between the chip and flesh. This constant back and forth between human and object, and also between artist and wearer, is what guides me.”