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Etched entirely with numbers and equations by hand. This piece focuses on the physics and chemistry responsible for the Tapetum Lucidum, which increases night vision and creates that characteristic eyeshine seen in animals like wolves, cats and dogs. Scroll below for the full description.
The last two photos you see in this collection is are photos I took with my microscope of the tapteum of a cow eyebal and a sheep eyeballl. A print of one of these is included with the glowing limited editions.
The original “Felis Lucidum” was etched entirely with numbers and equations by hand. This piece focuses on physics and chemistry explaining how animals like cats see in the dark and why they have eye-shine.
At the back of a cat's eye, behind the retina, is a reflective material called the Tapetum Lucidum. When light enters the eye, it scatters through the tapetum lucidum and bounces around the eye, increasing light absorption in rod cells to give them improved night vision. When the light bounces back out the pupil, it creates their characteristic eye-shine.
It is drawn with a chemical formula for retinal which is important in scotopic or low light vision. There are Rayleigh scattering equations to explain how the photos bounce and scatter through the tapetum lucidum, as well as the speed of light. To account for the human to cat bonding, there is also a little Oxytocin in his eyes.
FINE ART PRINT OPTIONS:
Paper prints are printed on fine art luster paper and are under an archival mat, perfect for beautiful framing.
The 11" x 14" with mat is 16" x 20"
The 16" x 20" with mat is 20" x 24"
Canvas prints are coated with 3 layers of UV glaze to protect from fading. Open edition canvas prints are signed by the artist, and stretched on 3/4" wood bars and are ready to hang with two nails or screws.
Limited Edition canvas prints are stretched on 2" - 2.5" wood bars and are wired and ready to hang.
Limited Edition Canvas prints:are signed, numbered and dated, come with a magnifying glass and a certificate of authenticity, which includes the limited information and a full description of the numbers used to draw the piece.
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