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Ansel Oommen
New Hyde Park, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill

Genre:Nature; Science;


ARTIST STATEMENT: As a clinical laboratory scientist-in-training with a B.S. in Toxicology, I merge a variety of disciplines such as entomology, botany, and chemistry into aesthetic pieces. The process of immortalization is a driving factor- if I can somehow revive the ephemeral, whether it be by observing an obscure art form or preserving an organism and transmuting its narrative, I am in essence acting like- let’s say- a fungus decomposing organic substrate, simultaneously nourishing itself while creating new enzymatic byproducts. I turn to the natural world for a lot of guidance and inspiration (and for analogies) and as someone with protean interests, I am always experimenting at the corner of what I deem "Science Street and Art Avenue."
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  • Tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
    2016
    Cyanotype on cotton cellulose
    6 inch diameter
    This is a botanical cyanotype of tulip poplar leaves collected from Forest Park (Queens) and the New York Botanical Garden (Bronx). Unlike traditional cyanotypes, this piece is reflective of a new com

  • Eastern poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
    2016
    Cyanotype on cotton cellulose
    6 inch diameter
    This is a botanical cyanotype of poison ivy leaves collected from Forest Park (Queens). Unlike traditional cyanotypes, this piece is reflective of a new combination process in which the leaves are che

  • Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
    2016
    Cyanotype on cotton cellulose
    6 inch diameter
    This is a botanical cyanotype of sassafras leaves collected from Forest Park (Queens). Unlike traditional cyanotypes, this piece is reflective of a new combination process in which the leaves are chem

  • Rhodotoxin & Furanocoumarin I
    2016
    Cyanotype on cotton cellulose
    6 inch diameter
    This is a botanical cyanotype of rhododendron leaves collected from St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) and dill umbels collected from Highland Park (Brooklyn). Unlike traditional cyanotypes, this pi

  • Rhodotoxin & Furanocoumarin II
    2016
    Cyanotype on cotton cellulose
    6 inch diameter
    This is a botanical cyanotype of rhododendron leaves collected from St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) and dill umbels collected from Highland Park (Brooklyn). Unlike traditional cyanotypes, this pi

  • Turkey oak (Quercus cerris)
    2016
    Cyanotype on cotton cellulose
    6 inch diameter
    This is a botanical cyanotype of turkey oak leaves collected from Central Park (Manhattan). Unlike traditional cyanotypes, this piece is reflective of a new combination process in which the leaves are

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