Currently a sophomore at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, Lexi Ames uses drawing and photography to bring science and art together. Originally from White Bear Lake, MN where she grew up observing nature, her work is an exploration of fine art and biology in basically equal terms: she explains in her statement that the relationship between art and science is "paramouric":
The cold, analytical side of science and meticulous reason are morphed into something mysterious and beautiful when reformed by artistic intent. It is my goal to express the intricacy and grotesque magnificence of the natural world, including human and animal bodies in life and rot, so that they can be seen as both art and biology.
Through drawing and photography she combines this interest for meticulous detail and observation into pieces of art. She was influenced by her Minnesota upbringing as well. Her mother is an artist and her dad is a hospital facilities manager as well as a photographer--the daily goings-on and environment of the hospital melded with a nature-minded approach to art at home.
Ames is interested in biological life through every phase, including, especially, death. By using medical illustration and anatomical studies, she combines an interest in both human and animal form with fairytale and folklore influences, and a penchant for an earlier era of science and medicine -- the Edwardian or Victorian age when doctors and surgeons on the cutting edge of science were often also celebrities.
More information and images of previous work as well as pieces in progress can be found on Lexi Ames' blog at lexicology-the-artist.tumblr.com.