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Shannon Pawliw

Galileo 4

Galileo 4

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12 x 12” acrylic on wood panel


In the 1600s, Galileo Galilei recognized that there were worlds beyond human vision. His curiosity about these worlds led him to the refinement of both the telescope and the microscope. At the same time, Galileo was making his telescopic discoveries, he was also experimenting with lenses to magnify the small, mostly insects. Though he is most known for his visual explorations of the astronomical, his early microscope, which he called an “occhiolino”, was powerful enough to magnify by 30 times. 

Microscapes - This series of paintings and sculptures portray a fantastical and imagined world where one can fly, float, or soar through a diminutive landscape filled with microbes, bacteria, viruses, cells, and atoms. The landscapes have the illusion of space so that the viewer can picture themselves floating amongst and exploring the cellular detritus. They allow the viewer to be a kind of ‘nano-tourist’ in a tiny world that is experienced every day. A world that in reality, can only be seen using a microscope or a particle accelerator.  

Colour is very important to this work. It is used to evoke a kind of ‘Disney-fied’ imagining of the microscopic/subatomic landscape. 

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Acrylic with a clear UV matte or satin varnish for protection.

All painting marks or light blemishes are part of the art. There are no returns on original art.

Signed on the back with the date. 


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