Features – Screened For by Elaine Whittaker

Elaine Whittaker stares at you while you look at the rest of her face, covered with a protective mask. Painted on each mask – some of the deadliest infectious diseases known to us – Malaria, Ebola, and HIV/AIDS. Toronto-based artist Whittaker’s exhibition, Screened For, is a series of digital prints that feature larger-than-life portraits of Whittaker and the painted protective masks that she wears. This work has been exhibited in New York, Toronto, Seoul, Shanghai, and Australia.…

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Creators – Larissa Blokhuis

Name: Larissa Blokhuis Which came first in your life, the science or the art? I was born an artist, and that has always been my focus. Growing up, I didn’t think I was interested in science. I enjoyed the liberal arts subjects more, and didn’t relate to what I was learning in science class. When I was in art school, I started watching documentaries rather obsessively, 10 per week. What I watched was based on…

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BITS – Cells of Life by Kathleen Sluka

Kathleen Sluka is a neuroscientist rekindling her love of the arts. When she is not researching ways to improve chronic pain treatments, she is at home painting her next cell-inspired masterpiece. “As an anatomist, I realized that the body and cells are beautiful and should be shared. While I have focused on neurons, which in my opinion may be the most interesting and beautiful cells in the body, I have also painted other cell types including…

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CREATORS – Robert J. Lang

Name: Robert J. Lang Which came first in your life, the science or the art? The art came first. I started origami at age six; although I had an interest in natural history from a fairly young age, my scientific interests and education came later. White Rhinoceros, Opus 714 Euthysanius Beetle II, Opus 591 Which sciences relate to your artistic practice? Mathematics (though not technically a science, it’s often grouped with science) is intimately tied…

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Creators – Miles van Yperen

Name: Miles van Yperen Which came first in your life, the science or the art? Art came first. I started with traditional media: pencils, watercolours, screen printing, and metal sculpture. When desktop computers and software became available I started with the first basic Mac black and white graphic programs, and worked in desktop publishing for years. From the 2D digital art world, I wanted to explore 3D once applications became available to the public. I purchased…

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FEATURES – SciArt Centre’s EmBodied Virtual Exhibition

I am thrilled to share my review of a beautiful virtual exhibit titled EmBodied by SciArt Centre curator, Marnie Benney. This exhibition attempts to address the big questions of our existence. To discover who we are, we must venture into our surroundings and place ourselves under the microscope. Our bodies are still a space of uncharted discoveries with unanswered scientific questions, from the complexity of the brain to the diseases we succumb to.  “We conceptualize, pontificate, and dream about what our physical form…

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CREATORS – Kerry R. Thompson

Name: Kerry R. Thompson Which came first in your life, the science or the art? ​Honestly the two developed in tandem from a very early age. I have always been fascinated by the natural world and translating that world into a visual medium. I have drawn ever since I can remember, and am constantly pestered to go through box after box of sketches of animals and dinosaurs when I go home to see family in…

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CREATORS – Kerry R. Thompson

Name: Kerry R. Thompson Which came first in your life, the science or the art? ​Honestly the two developed in tandem from a very early age. I have always been fascinated by the natural world and translating that world into a visual medium. I have drawn ever since I can remember, and am constantly pestered to go through box after box of sketches of animals and dinosaurs when I go home to see family in…

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FEATURES – sciart year in review: 2017

Happy New Year SciArt friends! In 2017, my SciArt journey had me following plants to planets and maps to molecules. Over the last year, the blog featured creations spanning many mediums including painting, sculpture, digital photography and textile to name a few. I revisited each blog post and curated a collection of my favourite SciArt works. Each image is linked to the original post, where you can learn more about the artists. We have very…

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CREATORS – Meredith Woolnough

Name: Meredith Woolnough Which came first in your life, the science or the art? I have always had interests in both, but my formal studies started in art. I studied Fine Art at University fresh out of high school and it was during my final year that I developed the embroidery process that I am still working with today. I was drawn to the sculptural possibilities of a freehand embroidery technique and I loved that…

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