Artist in residence

Thanks to the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence programme, the College enjoyed an artistic dimension during the 2011/12 academic year as Devon artist, Pery Burge, worked in the Thermofluids Lab in the Harrison Building. Pery sadly passed away on 10 February 2013 after a short illness.

Pery used inks, water and other fluids to explore natural processes; creating images of fluid flow and the patterning of light by photographing or filming the surface tension-driven flows of ink as it moved by itself on the water. The images are often time-rich, simultaneously showing forms at different stages of development. Pery hoped this aspect could show us something of the processes of nature, echoing those which generate cosmic phenomena or microscopic life forms and illustrating how transformation is a critical element.

Her art has been presented in a variety of venues, including scientific conferences and the New Scientist calendar. The objective of the residency was to give Pery access to large scale experimental equipment for her work, to experiment with new techniques for her art (such as using the 3D Visualisation Suite); but most significantly to promote interaction between her and academics and researchers working in the College.

Pery's work was recently featured in an article in the Huffington Post and the College was delighted when she agreed to give our first Inspiring Science lecture in November 2011.

In March 2012 Pery won first prize for the Institute of Physics South West Photography Competition. She was awarded the first prize of a Kindle at the IOP SW Branch Festival, held at @Bristol. Pery’s entry below, called 'Sci-fi Garden growing', shows two stages in the development of soap film, separated by less than one second. It was created in the Fluids lab using equipment built especially for her by the Workshop. In the image, vortices have grown like plants through the oncoming flow, becoming rounded and sometimes bifurcating as each set of shapes from 'foreground' and 'background' modifies the other.

Pery's winning image - 'Sci-fi garden growing' depicts two stages in the developments of soap film, separated by less than a second.