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Envisioning the Veil (2017-2019)

As an artist, I have been drawn to invisible threads that reside within the intersection of art and science. I explore the unseen rhythms of the human body and our relationship to the natural world. For me, the internal rhythms reflect both individual and collective minds. I transform scientific data…

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Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- )

Using a high-resolution thermal camera, I photograph the injection sites of the COVID-19 vaccination on peoples’ arms, exposing unique immunological responses. The COVID-19 immunization protects our lives and wellbeing. The dark areas of heat represent our best efforts to protect against contracting COVID-19, becoming seriously ill or dying from the disease,…

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Self Without Interpretation (2019- )

Self Without Interpretation, an ongoing project, extends my investigation into the complexities of the relationship between humans and the environment. Through my own participation, I have begun to bring myself physically into this work and contemplate the most meaningful threads that bind me to this time and place in our…

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Once Ocean (2015-2017)

Once Ocean (2015 - 2017) represents the first project in which I utilized diagnostic technology that detects electrical activity within the body, and changes in that activity. Specifically, I began to focus on the wave and grid patterns created by electrocardiogram (EKG), electroencephalogram (EEG) and functional MRI (fMRI) testing. I…

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Just Breathe (2013-2019)

This project documents human life on a scientific and emotional level. Each portrait is captured by resting a camera on the participant’s chest and pointing the camera up to the night sky for a 30-second exposure. Acting like a fingerprint, the unique movement of each person’s breath creates a visual…

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Complicated Beauty (2014-2017)

By working with medical imagery and photographs of the natural world, the images in COMPLICATED BEAUTY address the fragility of human life and the emotions that impact our daily existence. I rephotograph the actual films of mammograms and combine the breast tissue imagery with my images of familiar landscape. This work…

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Desert Project (2014-2016)

From a human perspective, life in the desert often represents a harsh existence yet to its inhabitants, adaptive behaviors enable them to overcome these obstacles. Within these environments, diverse layers of life are revealed as the artist overlaps multiple exposures on film within the camera. The imagery depicts extreme desert conditions…

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Signatures of Heat (2012- )

Signatures of heat is a sextet using thermal imaging as a tool to visually investigate the natural world and living beings. As science helps to unites us, technology enables us to envision these connections. Through her continued investigations using thermal technology, visual artist Linda Alterwitz searches out the threads that…

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Life is Beautiful Art and Music Festival (2014)

Alterwitz’s immersive public installation experience that took place during the Las Vegas art and music festival Life is Beautiful 2014 sheds light on the beauty and fear that complicate human lives and the search for solid ground. Through photography, she embraces science and technology to expose the fragility of our…

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While I Am Still (2009-2014)

Alterwitz embraces science and technology with art and nature by pushing their boundaries in content and execution. Her long-term project entitled While I Am Still combines the visual languages of art and science to create dreamscapes of the invisible body. Alterwitz chooses elements that originate as medical imagery, selected for…

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Flesh & Bone (2010-2011)

Each photograph is created using canine medical imagery. Bone, muscle, internal organs, and foreign devices used to repair their bodies, such as plastic sutures, metal screws and plates hidden below the skin, are uncovered. Some photographs are a direct re-photographing of a section of one radiograph, while others include multiple…

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Discarded Dreams (2008-2010)

The photographs in the series “Discarded Dreams” combine medical research with the natural environment. The imagery derived from medical research such as x-rays and MRI  cannot be seen without the aid of technology. In contrast, photographic images of landscape provide a different type of information: that which is attainable, familiar,…

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