Claire Davies, Wonderland, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

Nanotechnology is the creation of an unimaginably small technology that will enter the most complex systems. Durham-based artist Claire Davies worked with scientists at Northumbria University’s Advanced Materials Research Institute, where nanotechnology is being developed, on a new work using this technology. Wonderland was created from observing the surface of a plant petal through an atomic force microscope, which can map the surface of objects. The detailed lines it produces are 100 nanometres wide. Davies has abstracted and animated this line, scaled it up and created a beautiful and unique evocation of the secret life of plants. 

Wonderland was projected onto the façade of Sunderland’s National Glass Centre layer by layer, reflected across the river. Davies was “inspired by the beauty of what no human is able to see without the aid of technology and wanted to make that visible.”   

British born Claire Davies graduated in Fine Art from Liverpool John Moores University in 1996 and completed her MA at Northumbria University in 2001. Davies was a recipient of the Beck’s Futures Student Film & Video Awards in 2001 and her most recent solo exhibitions include Sketch Gallery, London, 2003 and Globe City Gallery, Newcastle, 2004.

Commissioned by AV Festival 06. World Premiere.

Claire Davies: Wonderland


Thu 2 March – Sun 30 April 2006

National Glass Centre

National Glass Centre
Liberty Way
Sunderland SR6 0GL

Opening Times
5pm-12am daily