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 science communicator. Despite being formally trained as a behavioural neuroscientist, Catherine has let her artistic side flourish in an effort to communicate science in a creative manner. Drawing inspiration from neuroscience and her own research, she has created mixed media pieces that were winning entries at Laurentian University’s ICEBATS (art and science) competition and Newfoundland & Labrador’s Arts and Letters Awards Program. Catherine has harnessed a diverse skill set through experiences in science writing, educational programming, exhibit design/prototyping and digital media production. Her interest in using art to communicate science has inspired her research in Canadian art-science organizations and programs. Ultimately, she hopes to develop resources that will contribute to the growth of art-science collaborations and science culture. Twitter: @scicommcat