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Cambridge Stem Cell Institute


Let The Eye Be Substituted For The Sun, 2019                                                               

Oil on canvas
Photo Credit: Patrick Jameson


Victoria Morton’s paintings maintain a deliberate balance between controlled experiments with paint and careful manipulation that could be said to echo the working methods of many scientists.

In September 2018 Victoria visited researchers at the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre to gain an insight into their research and working environment. She said: 

"I was fascinated by the technology used to cultivate and visualise cells at the microscopic level in the laboratory. The layering and staining methods I observed have influenced this painting. I noticed the scientists spending long amounts of time on colour-coded images, mostly using fluorescent colours on a black background. Whilst fluorescent research images are often very beautiful, I wanted this painting to offer a different experience that reflects these processes but allows the mind to wander and focus at the same time."

- Victoria Morton

The title of the work above derives from a quote from Goethe’s Theory of Colours (1810). 



Artist information

Find more of Victoria Morton's work on The Modern Institute 

Morton currently divides her time between her studios in Glasgow and Italy and is represented by Sadie Coles in London and The Modern Institute in Glasgow. Over the past ten years she has had solo exhibitions in London, Tokyo, Boston and Venice.