Wendy McMurdo

Embryologist Bill Ritchie in the micro-manipulation lab at The Roslin Institute (2002)

About this artwork

The Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh is a major international centre for research on the molecular and quantitative genetics of farm animals. This photograph is part of a series of four images which show the key members of the team that created Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. The series tracks the main stages of the cloning process. Here, Bill Richie, the Embryologist, is shown in the micro-manipulation lab. In the 1990s the photographer Wendy McMurdo was already exploring the idea of the perfect copy in relation to cloning, a parallel concern of the scientific world. As part of this commission McMurdo wanted to explore each person’s individual contribution to an event of great significance.

  • title: Embryologist Bill Ritchie in the micro-manipulation lab at The Roslin Institute
  • accession number: PGP 299.1
  • artist: Wendy McMurdoScottish (born 1962)
  • depicted: Bill Ritchie
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Medicine and science
  • materials: Colour photograph (laserchrome)
  • date created: 2002
  • measurements: 115.00 x 115.00 cm
  • credit line: Commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2002
  • copyright: © Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo was born in Edinburgh and studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She is interested in the ways in which technology influences early learning, and has worked with children in schools. In recent years digital processing has allowed photographers to reach new audiences and invent new worlds through the manipulation of images. In her work, McMurdo has exploited the artistic possibilities offered by scientific progress and raised questions about the effect new virtual technologies have on human beings. Recent exhibitions include The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle (2011); In a Shaded Place – The Digital and the Uncanny, British Council touring exhibition (2009) and The Skater, ff30 commission, Ffotogallery, Wales (2009). In 2015 she was awarded a PhD by the University of Westminster. She lives and works in Edinburgh.