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The ocean sunfish (Mola mola)  is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg.

Moth, 2013, 80 Sewing Button, 2013, 60


Inside Out: The Art of Vesna Jovanovic

The art of science is in full bloom in the multimedia drawings of Vesna Jovanovic. Jovanovic, a visual artist based in Chicago, creates mysterious and complex images in which human organs, plants, and other organic shapes emerge out of abstract inky pools. Invoking the phenomenon of pareidolia, or the perception of meaningful forms from random stimuli (think Rorschach blots), Jovanovic typically begins her drawings by spilling ink on various 2-D media, including paper and Yupo (a polypropylene-based paper). In response to the shapes created by the ink, she draws in new elements to create a detailed and cohesive composition: cilia-like hairs sprout from shadowy watermarks; intestine-like tubes snake around a rivulet of ink; dividing cells blossom out of blotchy, reddish stains.

Overall, Jovanovic’s work reflects her interest in the broader question of what it means to have a body in an age of dizzying technological advancement and scientific discovery. Her work is a striking montage of the physical and the ephemeral: far from traditional medical illustration, Jovanovic’s compositions are thoughtful and poetic reflections on our relationship with nature and the human form.

Given her background in both visual art and chemistry, Jovanovic’s fascination with the intersection of art and science seems a natural fit. In addition to informing her drawings, her interest in science has tinged other aspects of her work, including her photography and ceramics practices. Vesna Jovanovic is currently completing a residency at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. To see more of her work, go to her website , and her fascinating blog, Traces.

- Suzanne Hood


Inflating a set of cat lungs

Lungs are by most accounts mundane. Everybody has them, few give it much thought. But sequestered within darkness of the chest cavity, enveloping the fluttering heart, there’s an incredible wonder to this oddly inflatable organ.

Dissection is a destructive process. Rudely excised from membranous mooring and nourishing vessels, the deflated lungs appear little more than bloodied meat; amorphous and exposed…….until a breath of air unfurls its secret glory. 

Here, a set of cat lungs is inflated with a straw. Comprised of hundreds of millions of microscopic air sacks called alveoli, mammalian lungs harbor air capacity that is difficult to believe unless seen. The color of the entire organ lightens into a soft pink, as each microscopic sac fills with air.

A debt of gratitude is owed to cyborgraptor for her assistance in creating these gifs, as well as the students that helped me film this demo. 

Kids, don’t try this at home, OK?


17th Century Anatomical Striptease, 1627.  From the wonderful New York Academy of Medicine blog.

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anatomical chocolate by visualanatomy

The assortment box is nice, but you can also choose from a number of organ-specific boxes; for instance, the Box of Chocolate Lungs, just $8.85.

Guess I know what everyone I’ve ever met is getting this holiday season.

Illustrations from William Carver’s Practical Horse Farrier, from 1820.  (Now if you decide to look a gift horse in the mouth, you’ll at least know what you’re looking for.)

(via the very cool Public Domain Review)

Mighty Tanaka has posted some great shots of the new Nychos mural in Brooklyn.  Every neighborhood needs its own exploded whale, y’know?  Check the Mighty Tanaka Tumblr or Instagram for more pics.

(hat tip exhibition-ism)


Anatomía de monstruos XD [LINK]

An illustrated guide to Japanese folk monsters by artist Shigeru Mizuki. Full of gems like this: 

The Kuro-kamikiri (“black hair cutter”) is a large, black-haired creature that sneaks up on women in the street at night and surreptitiously cuts off their hair. Anatomical features include a brain wired for stealth and trickery, razor-sharp claws, a long, coiling tongue covered in tiny hair-grabbing spines, and a sac for storing sleeping powder used to knock out victims. The digestive system includes an organ that produces a hair-dissolving fluid, as well as an organ with finger-like projections that thump the sides of the intestines to aid digestion.


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Hey United States Postal Service, can we get some stamps like this?  Pretty please?


La terre: evolution de la vie a sa surface; son passe, son present, son avenir, 1893.

(In other words, The Earth: evolution of life on its surface; its past, its present, its future.)

Got free time this weekend? Got a printer? Take a tip from Colossal and build your own human torso (with removable organs!), courtesy of artist Horst Kiechle.