The Elements, 2021, mixed media, consists of coloured dots/stickers on a plain white surface. It symbolizes the disruptions due to the COIVD-19 virus, the toll on human life and the impact of human activity on the environment. The colour coded stickers were fixed to Edna’s lab badge as part of the daily temperature checks. The faces and messages she illustrated on them convey comfort and hope. They symbolise the resilience of scientific and healthcare professionals worldwide, especially women scientists.
Edna Ondari is a biologist from Kenya with a specialisation in infectious diseases. Her career ambitions and research interests revolve around understanding pathogen virulence factors with the overall goal of anti-infective discovery. She is also an avid crafter and plays the piano.