© 2015

Benzedrine
 
 

Solar Burn

burned vellum
6 drawings, 20" x 16" each
2011

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.

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