Measuring the cell
Vernissage May 17, 2022
The cell is the biological unit of life. Autonomous, yet dependent on its environment. Too small for us to see with the naked eye – we need microscopes for that. In 1858, Rudolf Virchow formulated the revolutionary concept of “cellular pathology”, i.e. that diseases are caused by disturbances in cell function. In 1882, Robert Koch described a bacterium as the cause of tuberculosis. Today we know that bacteria, viruses and pathologically altered cells are the “biological unit of disease”. The measurement of cells by increasingly better physical and chemical methods has created a molecular picture of the cell over the last 150 years. This is a prerequisite for successfully treating diseases that are still incurable today at the cellular level. The exhibition in the foyer of the DRFZ illuminates this path.
About the Artist behind the cell picture
Widely recognized for her original visual approach, Angela Canada Hopkins uses the organic structure of cells as the inspiration for her vibrant paintings.
Angela Canada Hopkins is a leading artist based in Loveland, Colorado, USA. Originally a native of the Midwest, Angela created the cell series when she moved to Loveland from Chicago in 2007, after completing her education in Michigan and spending over half a decade establishing herself through solo exhibitions in Chicago, Illinois.
Her work has been featured in two books, (The Abundance, by Amit Magmudar, Henry Holt and Company: 2013; and The Healing Power of Art, published by Renee Phillips, Random House: 2011). She is known in the art and scientific community, both for her creative methods and for championing the importance of art in the healing process.
Angela Canada Hopkins has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI (2001).
For our exhibition, we were looking for a key visual that met both the scientific requirement fitting of the cell theme, but also had a certain artistic flair. When we found the Cell Number 14 picture and contacted Angela, we were delighted and extremely grateful that she gave us permission to use her artwork as the major motif of the exhibition.