© 2015


Solar Burn

burned vellum
6 drawings, 20" x 16" each

These drawings are taken from studies 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. An image from his experiments is further to the right.

The drawings are fairly direct copies of Witt's experiments, and are made by burning the images into vellum using the sun. These drawings are small, but the following year I remade these much larger for an exhibit in UC Berkeley's botanical gardens, calling them Under the Influence.

Chloral hydrate
Lysergic acid diethylamide
Mescaline detail
Dr. Witt's original studies