and other visual poems by 
CLARE OLIVARES | Scientist + Visual Artist

For over a decade, I worked in a physics research lab analyzing bubble chamber film. Visual Poems is a series created using pages taken from a 1930s physics textbook, where I have “found” poems and added paint to enhance each poem’s meaning.  Many of the early “poems” were created during a 2015 art residency in Cambodia.


acrylic on textbook page, 8″x 5″ 


acrylic on textbook page, 8″ x 5″

How Far Above

acrylic on page from physics textbook, 8″ x 5″

Each Acts in Strength

acrylic & pencil on textbook page, 8″ x 5.5″, 2016

Liberated Liberated

Completed after visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. In Southeast Asian culture, pins on a black cloth symbolize mourning.
ink & acrylic on textbook page, 7″ x 4 1/2″, 2015

Pass Through Light

Created after visiting Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh 
ink & acrylic on textbook page, 7″ x 4 1/2″, 2015

Air in a Room

acrylic & ink on textbook page, 7″x4 1/2″, 2015

Through Air

acrylic on textbook page, 7″ x 4 1/2″, 2015


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Clare Olivares
I'm a native Californian who has been creating art since childhood. I've worn many hats during my lifetime. I worked in scientific research labs for many years. I have also worked in religious settings where spiritual belief was strongly held by my colleagues. These experiences shaped the way I view the world and my artwork. I think that artists, scientists and believers all seek to pull back the curtain to gain a better understanding of universal truths. We're not different in our desires, we just use different tools. I am primarily a painter but look to poetry for inspiration and for calm from the chaotic outside world. Daily walks around my neighborhood, with eyes wide open, provide "food" for my paintings and poetry.