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Tantalizing Textured Tentacles Transcend Typification

Kate Sweeney allows scientific phenomena to guide her artworks.

by Diana Shi
May 7 2017, 11:35am

All images courtesy the artist

Displays of exuberant color, textured and bursting with patterns, hint at the dynamics within the subatomic world. Kate Sweeney's works are both loud and soft, understated yet decisive, yet anchored by the artist's unadulterated love for science. Growing up in a household full of physics textbooks, Sweeney learned to appreciate both tangible and abstract realms of thinking. Speaking to Creators she admits to being a science groupie. Everything that Sweeney does has some influence on a branch of science: quantum physics, medicine, natural phenomena."

The artist, who graduated with a MFA in medical illustration, has worked in the studio for years developing her particular brand of expression. She shares, "Scientific inquiry directs my work. The mind's idea of the world, macro and micro, fascinates me." The majority of her pieces play with the concept of shape and form, often incorporating a fluidity that can transcend boundaries. Sweeney has an interest in bending corners and challenging sharp edges. She assembles her works to move without the hindrance of established boundaries, able to spread of their own accord—similar to untempered nature of ancient cave paintings.

Gut Feeling

For future projects, the artist is once again bringing in her love for the scientific world into the artistic space: "I am about to start a large public art project and I will be exploring quantum electrodynamics as a jumping off to visually explore [sic] journey, connections, and travels through space and time."
See a few more of her artworks here:

Sweeney Hunch


Blood Demon Gold Head

Kali Chaya Blue Head

Luck or Chance



My Polar Vortex

Explore more pieces from Kate Sweeney on her website, here, and sign-up for her personalized newsletter, here.


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