“The ArteFotomicrografia (ArtPhotomicrography, in portuguese) exhibition is the result of my enchantment with microscopy,” says Maria Ines Machado. “And seeks to introduce the viewer to the fascinating universe not visible to the naked eye that only microscopy can reveal, whether with optical or electron techniques. A exhibition that, like the real world not visible, allows us to go beyond our common sense.”
After four decades of teaching and scientific research in the institutions USP, UFU and UNIMINAS, Maria Ines Machado joined, in 2011, the UFU’s Visual Arts graduation course, and even today unable to attend it due to a jaw cancer for which has passed six surgeries, decides to devote herself to the practice of Experimental Photomicrography and exploit the interfaces of ArtScience.
In 2012, creates her studio laboratory, ALEF – Atelie Laboratorio de Experimentacao em Fotomicroscopia (Studio Laboratory of Photomicroscopy Experimentation, in portuguese), established in Uberlandia (MG / Brazil) which conducts experimental studies in optical photomicroscopy. The intense production of the visual scientist includes drawings and interventions in nanotechnology pictures demonstrating the transversality of the photomicrography dialogues with different practices of Visual Arts
The focus of this visual narrative aims to demystify the scientific secrets with images of the physical architecture of life. Today, as an artist Maria Ines enjoys the freedom of those who dare enter unexplored territory to reshape the scientific experience, build your own poetic-micro-aesthetic content. Along the way permeated with images, interference, and unpublished topographical forms, in original media such as sheer fabrics, seeking dialogue with the changes of today’s society – “The new time is now”, says the visual scientist, as she prefers to be called. “Through texts presented at conferences and images of their scientific work, an everyday experience with this tool, the microscope, for four decades, and who has always dreamed to make accessible through art and poetry, in installations,” she says.
The materials and research used by the artist comes from images generated by optical and scanning electron microscopes in partnership with researchers, and transformed by the poetic imagination, enriches it, and provides artists and photographers the options of this fabulous practice, today accessible and at a low cost. What did seem to be lacking, says Maria Ines, is an online address that offers to amateurs and/or beginners, the basic and instrumental fundamentals you need to know, especially the preparation of the materials you want to use, such as vegetable, mineral, biological or synthetic. This is a gap the website ( www.mimartefotomicrografia.com.br ) aims to fill.