Solar Panel Paintings
Mixed Berry Solar Painting ( 1 volt)
18.5”W x 6”H x 1”D
Anthocyanin dye, electrolyte, graphite, nano-titanium dioxide, architectural glass, volt meter
These paintings use the gallery light to create Alternating Current exhibited on the volt meter.
black bean (left) and Mulberry ink stained nanotitanium dioxide glass. Excited to take these 3 inch prototypes to glass fabricators this week- we will be scaling up the paintings for a show Sept 7th at Gallery 924.
Inspired by making drawings during the day and the love of cooking to feed my family, I developed ink from black beans. Black bean dye is Anthocyanin dye; a water-soluble red to blue pigment that comes from a flower or plant such as blackberries, cherries, blueberries, mulberries and black beans. Anthocyanins create electrical energy because they are a phytochemical, specifically flavonoids, which are essential to the plants biosynthesis and defense system. These pigments are used in solar panels a way of intersecting with light to recreate photosynthesis. Since researching my black bean ink and anthocyanins, I have set out to make contemporary paintings that use organic dye and nanotechnology to create electrical energy. Follow my process with me here and I am always looking for project collaborators. Feel free to contact me! Special thanks to Arts Council of Indianapolis for making this possible through the DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award.