“Life Forms” Paintings by Adele Pittendrigh

Paintings by Adele Pittendrigh are on display in the Emerson lobby through March 8. The gallery will be open for Art Walk, February 12, 5-8 pm, and a closing reception will be held March 4, 5:30 – 8 pm, with a gallery talk at 5:30.

Pittendrigh’s work was inspired by images from the electron microscope that reveal an invisible world in graphic detail. These ultra close-ups reveal unexpected lines, shapes and edges. Most of the paintings are based on images of plant cells, which sometimes echo landscape forms viewed from the sky. The paintings are not meant to be scientifically accurate, but instead are variations on a theme and evolve during the process of painting. Texture and collage contribute to a sense of construction as the paintings develop over time.

Pittendrigh studied painting at the High School of Music and Art in New York, the University of Chicago, and Montana State University. Although her training is in the humanities, she has a life-long interest in science and enjoys the cross-disciplinary atmosphere in the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University, where she has worked for over 30 years.