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In this lino block print I've illustrated the chemistry between a man and a woman quite literally with the sex pheromone molecules shown in the air between their silhouettes.

The Mad Scientists of Etsy set a challenge to its members to create on the theme of "organic chemistry", or the chemistry of molecules based on carbon, hydrogen and a few other elements. Carbon atoms can form four bonds and organic compounds are described by their very shape- it's all about geometry! One thing they can do is form hexagons with five other carbon atoms. Complexity grows and groups of these hexagonal structures can be strung together.

Some scientists think that when two people have "chemistry" it is quite literally chemical. Information is exchanged by pheromones - organic compounds produced by the body and 'read' by the nose. This print shows a man and a woman smelling each other's sex pheromones - estratetraenol and androstadienone, respectively.

Reality is undoubtedly more complex than this simple exchange of molecules- but the print illustrates part of the fun side of organic chemistry.

The reverse image was carved in linoleum. The molecules are in turquoise and the profiles are in yellow, environmentally-friendly water-based inks. They are printed on handmade Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper. The edition is limited to 20 hand-pulled prints. Each print is 11.5 inches wide and 6.25 inches tall (29.2 cm by 15.9 cm).

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Chemistry - Original Lino Block Print of Man & Woman with Pheromone Molecules, Organic Chemistry, Science, Scent, Love


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: linoleum, ink, kozo paper, japanese paper, mulberry paper, carving tools, brayer, barren
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