Images from upcoming exhibition 'Dance of the Diatoms' by Inka Member Liz Salt

In just a few days time, our gallery transforms into the micro world of digital photography with amazing translucent images of microscopic algae, some suspended in perspex and others framed.  This is Liz Salt's first solo exhibition with us and we look forward to the 'opening' this coming Friday, 21st October at 5.30pm.  All welcome!
Read member Liz Salt's artist's statement below while you get taken through a journey of these fantastic pattern formations!

Diatoms 1 - 6  $150
(in perspex)

Diatoms 1  sold
 Artist's Statement

Diatoms, also known as Bacillariophyta, are mostly unicellular microscopic algae found in both marine and freshwater habitats and they exist either singly or in colonies. They may be free-floating or attached to plankton and submerged materials and are also found in sediment deposits on river beds and ocean floors.

Diatoms 2
Their cell wall or frustule is constructed primarily of silica in the form of two separate overlapping shells which have either radial or bilateral symmetry and many are highly decorative. Diatoms provide the primary food source for aquatic micro-organisms; they play a major role in supplying oxygen to the atmosphere and serve as indicators of water quality and environmental change both past and present.
Diatoms 3
My photographs were taken initially from portions of microscope slides provided by the Botany Department of the University of Tasmania and have subsequently been manipulated using various digital techniques to enhance their translucent beauty and intricate silica shell formations.  
Diatoms 4
The purpose of the transparent bubbles is to recreate the aquatic environment with its hidden realm of wondrously varied diatoms and to evoke the constant changes of light, colour and water movement by the gentle rotation of the discs.

Diatoms 5

The framed photographs reference the development of early microscopy in the Victorian era and the use of diatoms to test the resolution of the microscope lens. During this era some commercial mounters creating exhibition slides of manually arranged diatom specimens forming intricate patterns and shapes.  Subsequently, I was inspired to create my own arrangements using modern digital technology to recreate the interweaving forms that appear to dance in endless repetititve formations.

Diatoms 6
Diatoms 7 (set of 3)  $180
(in perspex)


Digital Photographs (framed)




The exhibition runs from Thursday, 20th October - 9th November.  'Opening', Friday, 21st October at 5.30pm