Rob Kesseler is a visual artist and Chair in Arts, Design & Science at the University of the Arts London. A former NESTA Fellow at Kew and Research Fellow at the Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal, he collaborates with botanical scientists and molecular biologists to explore the living world at a microscopic level. He exhibits internationally with recent shows America, Chile and Greece and has published an award winning series of books on Pollen, Seeds and Fruit with Dr. Madeline Harley and Dr. Wolfgang Stuppy of Kew. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and Royal Microscopical Society.
Allium ampeloprassum. Wild leek pollen grain on anther and Iris tuberosa hermodactylus, Snake’s head iris pollen grain on anther, continue the artists investigation into the micro forms and structures of pollen. Magnified up to X 3,500. Original speciemens were coated in platinum and captured on a scanning electron microscope. Diverging from normal scientific protocols colour was introduced manually based on the original flower colour and used to highlight structural and functional characteristics using a multi-layer, additive/subtractive chromatic process to create images of mesmeric intensity.