Klari Reis’ paintings reflect her focus on the complex internal workings of our bodies. The artist interprets magnified, electron microscope images of biological forms in vivid colors. Her work is an expression of an ongoing curiosity about the deeper forces at the core of our physical selves. The works are her personal response to biological technology and the mysteries of life beneath the skin.
The cellular forms represent the hopeful but often controversial implications of bioengineering. The scientific and artistic perspectives are bridged to promote a combined vision. The paintings bear the titles of modern prescription drugs, at once optimistic with their intense color, yet often unpredictable and intrusive.
The procedure and materials necessary to execute the paintings are consistent with the artist’s intent to integrate science and art. Many works are produced on aluminum panels, suggesting a clinical, yet high-tech backdrop. Epoxy polymer is a toxic material upon application. Its use requires the artist to wear a fume mask, eye protection, boots, barrier creams (on any potentially exposed skin), latex gloves and disposable clothing. Once dried, the epoxy polymer is nontoxic and virtually impenetrable. Each painting is molded and set in layers. At a certain point, the picture paints itself and the artist is no longer in control.
Painting with Technology: About the Medium
The epoxy polymer is a synthetic plastic, derived from crude oil. Klari mixes each color with acrylic binders and pigments before application. The effect is significant to the artist’s work, evoking artificiality because of its smooth sheen and brilliant color. The finish is touchable, durable, and reflective. When observing a painting, it is possible for the viewer to be drawn in by his or her own reflection.