For 1,000 years, stained glass art was used in church windows to inspire awe and reverence for biblical characters and to tell their stories. My stained glass focuses on the cellular, rather than the celestial universe. Biomolecules and cellular structures, the characters of life, have fascinating stories to tell. They were the subject of my career as Biology Professor, and are now the inspiration for my art.
The medium of stained glass parallels the microscope which relies on the transparent surface of the cell to visualize stained internal structures. Changes in light with time, season, and weather bring life to the stained glass works - a synthesis of science and art. These iconic images ("Inhibition," "Recognition," "Tolerance," "Contract," "Passage," and others) allow one to reflect on activities common to cells, to humans and to society, and may entice the curious along the path to science.
BioDistinguished Professor Emeritus of Biology, Emmanuel College, Boston, Joel is also Founder and Director of Immunology Workshops, and has trained research scientists in immunology at more than forty pharmaceutical companies (www.immunologyworkshops.com). He has also been painting for 20 years and has had solo exhibitions at Cary Library, Lexington, MA; Emmanuel College, Gallery 5; The Massachusetts State House; and Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA. Following a dozen years of sporadic (though addictive) glassblowing, Joel took up stained glass, and has applied his knowledge of science and his experience as an artist to a novel endeavor: Bio Stained Glass.