The header is part of the painting, Mitosis, by Jennifer Rea, then a student at Princeton majored in History of Science (B.A. 2006). ┬áThe work won the First Prize at Princeton’s Art of Science Competition in 2006.

By superimposing images of mitosis and cell division on mass-produced floral fabric, this painting speaks generally of growth. It also extends the notion to encapsulate unregulated growth, and as the fabric pattern reveals, it could extend infinitely. Thus this could be conceived of as a sort of tumor. The floral pattern and the coloration of this piece are also reminiscent of feminine qualities, which opens up the door for dialogue about conceptions of growth. Utilizing elements of modern art, such as a grid, emboldened to an organic state, this piece is very much within a contemporary time frame while being simultaneously timeless.