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Clupea. Silver nanoparticles on glass. 32 x 16 inches, 2013.

This piece echoes the diagonal, interdigitated slices that run along fishes’ spines—a pattern we know as herringbone. This interlacing gesture speaks to the provenance of Clupea: produced by interweaving the tools and techniques of the painter’s studio and the chemist’s lab. I made Clupea using brushes, a spatula, pipettes, a centrifuge, syringes, a condensor, a flask, salts, and soaps. Its surface mimics the scintillation of fish scales and its color is structural—caused by clouds of electrons that slosh over the surface of silver nanoparticles, vibrating in resonance with light.