Botanical diagrams have a long history in science, but you've probably never seen scientific diagrams as luminous as these before. Created by Japanese new media artist Macoto Murayama, these digital prints -- titled "Inorganic Flora" -- are actually a combination of scientific study, new technology and artistic interpretation.
Recently exhibited in Tokyo's Frantic Gallery, Murayama's prints were grouped into precise botanical diagrams layered with quantitative information, while the other group was categorized as "botech art" featuring almost painterly pieces glowing with neon vibrancies, emphasizing symmetry, depth and colour.
Murayama's website describes how he arrives at his work, using a methodology that combines science with deliberate 3D modelling and other multimedia to enhance the understanding of each specimen, often through a series of different perspectives on the same plant:
He starts with the research of existing flora making vivisection of the flower, taking multiple close-up photos and drawing sketches of its parts. Afterwards he moves to the digital dimension applying several softwares: 3ds Max for the form and structure, Adobe Photoshop for separate parts and composition, Adobe Illustrator to add indications of elements, scale and scientific names. Finally he makes large scale digital C-print, framing it into transparent plexiglas.
It's a wonderful insight into this artist's meticulous and compelling work, which skillfully synthesizes so many disciplines into a vividly visualized world. Through a discriminating eye and awareness and facilitated by technology, Murayama's works deftly reveal a supramental intelligence of nature that transcends mere appearances.