As a photographer and biochemist, Canadian artist Ela Kurowska is fascinated by the origins of life and profoundly influenced by a lifelong interest in life sciences. Her works appear cosmic and revelatory in portraying the transformation of organic matter into living organisms. Through amorphous fluid shapes and crystalline forms, we see the construction and deconstruction present in nature’s struggle to become alive. The life-size, organic compositions – designed and photographed by the artist – resemble simple life forms emerging from darkness, bursting with vibrant color and light.
In creating these images, Kurowska developed a novel technique that exploits the mesmerizing visual effects produced by transparent organic gels photographed in polarized light. Uniting three disciplines that seldom meet – photography, biochemistry and material science – the artist captures the essence of living matter. Each work, richly suffused in light and color, seeks to visualize the overpowering primal forces that compel the natural world to create and develop living matter. In this we witness evolution itself with all its elements of trial and error, simplicity, complication and surprises.