© 2015

Benzedrine photo:Sibila Savage

Under the Influence

burned vellum in 2-sided aluminum frames
6 drawings, 48" x 36" each

Similar to the drawings Solar Burn, these large drawings were made for the exhibit Natural Discourse at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens, curated by Mary Anne Friel and Shirley Watts. They were installed at the Arid House, where similar substances can be found.

The images come from experiments done in 1948 by the pharmacologist P.N. Witt, in which he dosed spiders with pharmaceuticals and then set them lose in picture frames to spin webs. For some reason, NASA conducted this same experiment again in 1996.

These redrawings of Witt's original experiments were made by using a magnifying glass and the sun.

Caffiene photo:Sibila Savage
Mescaline photo:Sibila Savage
LSD at Natural Discourse in the Arid House, UC Botanical Gardens
Marijuana photo:Sibila Savage
Chloral hydrate photo:Sibila Savage
LSD photo:Sibila Savage
grateful for the California sun