NEW PERMANENT INSTALLATION
DEBRA BARRERA: Asymmetric Seekers
permanent art installation in the Brockman Hall for Physics is a large-scale screen-printed
work that represents the history and evolution of scientific discovery. Culled
from images that scientists and students create and work with in the course of their
research, ‘Asymmetric Seekers’ presents colorful images that each correspond to
a specific field of study within physics and astronomy.
artist Debra Barrera and master printmaker Carlos Hernandez created the
installation after Barrera’s tenure as an Artist in Residence at the School of Physics and Astronomy. Barrera worked closely with students and
faculty to obtain relevant imagery that pertains to ongoing research or to the
history of science. From high energy astrophysics to nuclear and particle
physics, Barrera researched the history and significance behind each image, transforming
the imagery in conversation with Brockman Hall constituents.
selections were transformed into exquisitely detailed screen-printed images in partnership
with Burning Bones Press master printmakers Carlos Hernandez and Patrick
Masterson. The images were screen-printed with ink directly on three walls in
the main stairwell of the Brockman Hall for Physics. “My work and residence here at the department of Physics and Astronomy has led to a deeper understanding of what connects artists and scientists.” Barrera said in discussing her work at Rice. “We are ultimately excited by the same idea: making the impossible, possible.”
For a full press release and video of Barrera's artistic process, click here.