Immy Smith

Immy Smith

Basingstoke, United Kingdom

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I’m an artist and a scientist. Currently visiting artist at Herbarium RNG, I’ve previously worked as a neuroscientist (my PhD is in neuropharmacology). The oddest things in nature, and the curious intricacy of natural processes fire my imagination. I’m interested in overlapping scientific concepts, biological images, personal mythology and surrealism. I combine textural graphite drawing, traditional media such as gouache and collage, with colourful images from natural history. In storytelling through art, I pool peculiar combinations of objects and associations of form, and I’m heavily influenced by the biology of shape and function in cells and organisms.

In combining real and surreal imagery, my head is full of organic patterns, imaginary cells and all kinds of strange creatures… the subconscious can be a busy place, so I try to accommodate all the deep-sea-neuronal-carnivorous fungi-plankton-plants that grow there. You can follow what these things get up to here on Imagining Science and at:

- Twitter @DrImmySmith- Imagining Science- Tumblr
  • Joined: May 2010


Reading Arts Exhibition

Hello bubblers! Anyone in Reading, UK, this weekend – come and say hi at the Reading Arts Exhibition this saturday & sunday (21st & 22nd June) from 10.30am at the Novotel Friar Street. As well as 2 pieces by me including this one , there will be works from a host of local artists, sculptors & artisans. Its always lovely to meet fellow bubblers so gimme a holler if you’re t…
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All change, please!

Thanks to all the lovely peeps who made our Symbiosis Exhibition in March so much fun :) Symbiosis marked the end of my current project as a neuroscience PDRA and the start of being primarily an artist again for a time (as yet undetermined). Its not as odd as it sounds going from neuroscience to being a visiting artist in a herbarium… most of my science work has inadvertently involved looki…
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The Symbiosis Project

Hi RB’ers :) / Our current Imagining Science project which has been keeping me super-busy, is nearing completion – its on show in March for Reading Science Week and includes a large handmade book that’s been on an 8000+ mile journey in its making. You can find out more here and if you’re in the south of England come and say hi… it would be lovely to meet some fellow …
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SfN Neuroscience 2013

Thanks to some computer rebuilding I can happily share that Imagining Science will be an official blogger for SfN’s Neuroscience 2013 conference in San Diego! I’ll be there with the electrophysiology research group from UoR, talking about my human neural cell cultures, and blogging daily about the amazing images and science and art happenings. I’ll also get the chance to meet ar…
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