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'Neural Echoes': Kindra Crick And The Science Of Creativity


You might say Kindra Crick has some pretty special DNA.

Crick's Grandfather, Francis Crick, is known for his discovery of the structure of DNA.

Crick’s Grandfather, Francis Crick, is known for his discovery of the structure of DNA.

Kindra Crick

In 1953, her grandfather, English biologist Francis Crick, wrote a letter to his 12-year-old son Michael. The letter describes the paradigm-shifting discovery he and his colleague had recently made, and contains the now iconic diagram of the structure of DNA — the four-letter code shared by all life-forms on Earth.

Fueled by artistic passion and innate curiosity, Kindra Crick bases her work on scientific research. Using a confocal microscope, Crick and collaborator Dr. John Harkness at Washington State University capture photo images of neurons.

Crick uses these images as the basis for her chalkboard series, exploring the biology of memory and encouraging her audience to ponder the mystery and awe of their existence.

Her compelling works bring a human element to the scientific research and history that inspires her.

You can learn more about Crick and her work at her website.

Chalk art by Kindra Crick highlights the impermanence of memory.

Chalk art by Kindra Crick highlights the impermanence of memory.

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