Solar Panel Painting Prototypes

Solar Panel Paintings

Artists have always looked to nature for composition, color, and form. I am looking at nature’s technology, photosynthesis. Recreating photosynthesis is what I am exploring through the year 2020. These black bean ink paintings and solar panel paintings are a documentation of the ongoing process. Black bean ink is an Anthocyanin dye, a water-soluble red to blue pigment deriving  from a flower or plant such as blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and black beans. Anthocyanins have the ability to produce electrical energy because they are phytochemicals, specifically flavonoids, which are essential to the plants biosynthesis and defense systems. I see the black beans as being manifestations of light, a result of the Ultraviolet wavelength. I have been painting with pH controlled Anthocyanin dye on various surfaces including glass and nano-materials. The ink will slowly oxidize over time, changing colors as a reaction to time and light.