BITS – Cells of Life by Kathleen Sluka

In ALL, BITS by Cat Lau

Kathleen Sluka is a neuroscientist rekindling her love of the arts. When she is not researching ways to improve chronic pain treatments, she is at home painting her next cell-inspired masterpiece.

“As an anatomist, I realized that the body and cells are beautiful and should be shared. While I have focused on neurons, which in my opinion may be the most interesting and beautiful cells in the body, I have also painted other cell types including blood cells, fibroblasts, and chondrocytes.” – Kathleen Sluka

In this post, we take a look at the intricate cells of life through her acrylic paintings.

Touch

Growing Bone

Vision

Purkinje Cells

Shadow Self Portrait

Signal Relay

EPSP & IPSP

You got nerves

Connected

Cells of strength

Cancer Cell

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About the Author
Cat Lau

Cat Lau

Cat is a former behavioural neuroscientist-turned-science communicator. She is passionate about integrating creative approaches in science communication and knowledge mobilization. For the past few years, Cat has held diverse roles as a science writer, amateur-artist, nomadic science outreach facilitator and knowledge translation coordinator. Her interest in art-based science communication inspired her research in Canadian organizations and programs that use interdisciplinary approaches to engage the public in the sciences. This led to her interest in the evaluation component of the Science-Artist Residency at Art the Science. Ultimately, she hopes to develop resources that will contribute to the growth of Canadian science-art culture. Twitter: @scicommcat