Chromosomes #1. C-Print, variable size, .
Chromosomes #2. C-Print, variable size, .
Chromosomes #3. C-Print, variable size, .
Chromosomes #4. C-Print, variable size, .
Chromosomes #5. C-Print, variable size, .


Cassette. Group exhibition opening. Shanxi University Art Center, China. Curator: E. Chumina.
(from the Ancient Greek χρῶμα (color) and σῶμα (body) – i.e. "colored bodies") are nucleoprotein structures located in the nucleus of a eukaryotic cell. They contain most of the hereditary data, and serve to store, implement, and transmit it through genes, which exist inside the chromosomes in a certain sequence.
Brownian motion
is the random motion of microscopic particles of solid matter, which are suspended in a liquid or a gas. It is caused by the thermal motion of the particles of the liquid or gas, and it never stops. Brownian motion is both a consequence of, and evidence for, the existence of thermal motion. The endless motion of the chromosomes – the storage units of hereditary data – embodies the idea of the pattern as a fragment of the visual picture of some abstract whole, which has neither beginning nor end, and is a reflection of eternity and infinity.

The emergence of the phenomenon which I have defined as "StockArt" – which blurs the boundaries between art and design, and creates a unitary and integral context – expresses the general cultural trend of the present-day world. The incorporation of microstocks into art – and of art into microstocks – is expressed in my works from the "Morphology of Metaphasic Chromosomes" series. As an artist working with microstocks, I regard these works as a natural evolution of my "stock" activities. These patterns, which are sold on microstocks and represent the most vivid example of their virtual content, spill over into real life, being embodied in hundreds and thousands of objects of our daily lives. The series consists of five patterns, which represent the interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase of the cellular cycle of metaphasic chromosomes.



  • Elena Chumina, Шкатулка, article. St. Petersburg Union of Designers, Russia.