Cornelia Hesse-Honegger is a 20th century scientific illustrator from Switzerland. She is best known by her illustrations of bugs affected by radioactive residue left behind in Chernobyl. This series got her an article in the UK’s version of ‘Wired’ Magazine. The attention to radioactivity’s affect on insects, plants and animals in fallout zones has also made her a leading force within the art activism community.
Her work is highly detailed and more colorful than most scientific illustrations. Although she often uses watercolors to achieve muted colors that best mimic the actual color of the insect that is being portrayed. She also often has an array of insect shells on grid paper to compare the various ways a particular species has been mutated.
She also decides to, as an artist; crop out the heads of the specimens as often as possible. This is most likely an attempt to take the gross factor out of the insect, so people can look past it and see the mutations. Often in her work the mutations are hard to see, because this is how the insect really appears and she makes no attempts to embellish the mutations.
She has quite a few toxic places on her website.