This painting represents a microscopic depiction of what is seen during my work as a semiconductor crystal grower. As the semiconductor crystal grows, its atoms rearrange themselves as internal distinctive orderly patterns called grains. New grains lock themselves into a larger pattern again and again. On a microscopic scale one can see, from the top of the crystal where the grains mesh together, forming waves- like as represented here/in this painting But the crystal is far from perfect. It has plenty of defects, the grains at their boundaries do tilt and twist. There could also be cracks within the grains, missing atoms, and impurities at the grain boundaries. All these imperfections make the crystal quite fascinating and unique.
Grain Boundaries - Marie Wintrebert-Fouquet