by Lori Tomita
Transparent specimens? They are far from what you might imagine from the word specimens. Although being organisms, they appear as if they were beautifully sculpted from minerals. Originally the method of making transparent specimens is enzymatically turning the protein transparent, dyeing the bones magenta and dyeing the cartilages blue. It was established for scientific purposes to study the skeletal system. Taking this a step further to refine the form and coloration of the specimens requires time and experience. I create transparent specimens as pieces of work that help people feel closer to the wonders of life. People may look at my specimens as an academic material, a piece of art, or even an entrance to philosophy. There is no limitation to how you interpret their meaning. I hope you will find my work as a lens to project a new image, a new world that you never seen before.