Luke Maninov Hammond
My practice reimagines biological forms to explore themes of impermanence, consciousness and connection between all living things. Inspired by my work in biomedical imaging and neuroscience research, these organic designs draw on biophillia and our innate attraction to living systems, to encourage reflection on what lies below the surface of our beings.
Luke Maninov Hammond is an Australian jeweller and neuroscience imaging specialist based in New York City. An exhibition development award (QCA/Flying Arts) allowed him to present his first solo exhibition of jewellery and silver sculptures, 'In This Unfolding', at the Queensland College of Art in 2015. The success of this exhibition led to continued opportunities to bridge art and science, and his carefully detailed fine jewelry exploring the invisible worlds within continues to be exhibited nationally and internationally.
Luke also has an extensive background in biomedical research. In 2017, after establishing a world-leading advanced imaging facility at the University of Queensland's Queensland Brain Institute, he transitioned to Columbia University's Zuckerman Mind Brain and Behaviour Institute. Here he is the Director of Cellular Imaging, a new platform for state-of-the-art light microscopy in neuroscience. His work involves exploring the unseen worlds within the body and brain and developing new software tools to understand the beautiful and complex images created in this process. Luke has published and collaborated on projects related to consciousness, movement, pain, Alzheimer's disease, Schizophrenia, and other themes in neuroscience.