Bhavana Panchumarthi
Can Flowers Die?, 2020
Oil on wood
16 x 16 x 0.875 in

The heatmap in the painting is generated using a network made of a bunch   of arbitrary words. These words can be connected to make phrases or sentences, whose significance or “weight” was determined by looking them up on Google Search Trends for data. This artwork was inspired by my summer research internship in computational modeling where we generated heatmaps with really cool patterns to study a network’s safe and vulnerable nodes. For this work, I wanted to think beyond internet backbone networks and just think about “networks.”