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Art and Science Series

Past Events

In this web series we will explore the intersections of art and science.

No. 3-  "Color Histories in a Contemporary Art Practice"

A presentation by Patricia Miranda

April 25, 2024

Q&A Recording

Miranda’s work is informed by her decades-long research into the history of art technologies. Her research focuses on materials with long cultural, political, and social histories, especially pre-industrial natural dyes and pigments. In her work she creates color from raw materials such as cochineal, malachite, clay, oak gall, and black walnuts. She works with these materials in textile works and in handmade paint using binders from gum arabic to distemper to egg tempera. She is interested in the conceptual potential of color, and how materials offer a language for content through their history, context, physical and aesthetic properties. Considerations of the environmental impact of materials offers an additional framework for a sustainable safe studio practice. 


No. 2-  "Communicating Science to Native Communities through Native-themed and Native-created art"

A presentation by Mallery Quetawki

November 12, 2023

Q&A Recording

Mallery was the first Artist in Residence of the Community Environmental Health Program (CEHP) in 2016, where she worked to tailor the programs scientific research communications to be more culturally inclusive and relatable. She has since created acrylic paintings and digital artwork to portray the complexities of biochemical pathways and other health related information through an indigenous lens. This “lens” is a product of Mallery’s Pueblo upbringing, her college science education, and the collaborations between keepers of indigenous knowledge and the researchers involved in a wide range of CEHP projects. The goals for the artist in residence program are to translate science, bridge bi-directional communication, and create an inclusive environment so that collaborating indigenous communities are informed and represented throughout the process from research to healthcare. 


No. 1-  "Artistic Musings of a Disease Ecologist"

A presentation by Nina Sokolov

March 19, 2023

Q&A Recording

Nina is a disease ecologist who fell in love with the world of insects when she started to draw them. With a microscope and pen, she began studying pinned specimens from museum collections and becoming familiar with insect anatomy. Nina is a PhD candidate in Biology at UC Berkeley, where she studies bees and their viruses to understand how diseases can be contributing to declines of these important pollinators. She uses her artistic skills to determine the fine-scale differences between species that can closely resemble one another. Additionally, she has begun illustrating native bee coloring books to teach kids about the diversity of bees. In this talk Nina will discuss how she uses art in her science to learn about the species she’s studying, communicate her findings to scientists and to the public, and get people excited about insect conservation. Nina will also be doing a digital drawing demonstrations of a bee, and she’ll answer questions about art, science, and bees while we follow along.


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