|The goals of the exhibition are to show creative work that explores the intersection between art and science; to foster communication between the arts and sciences; and to spark new ways of viewing the world and ourselves. creative work that transcends pure scientific illustration to explore the conceptual realm where art and science both reside is strongly encouraged.
Juror's Talks: Friday, Feb. 12
5:15-6 PM, Sharon Bladholm
Sharon Bladholm, one of the exhibit's jurors, leads an illustrated talk about her work as an artist with various scientific expeditions, including her current projects.
6-6:45 PM, Shih-Wen Young
Shih-Wen Young will talk about the selection of work for the current consilience show. Young is a physicist and artist who with Sharon Bladholm, juried the Consilience exhibit.
Location: Davis, California, United States
Web site: www.annadavidson.org
Statement: I am interested in life, death, chance and environmental destruction. Based on these concepts, I build sculpture using both living and traditional materials. Evolutionarily speaking, environment dictates the morphology, physiology and behavior of an organism. In my work I create a synthetic environment for which, life forms that were once invisible come to be housed and grow into visibility, many times by chance. This is quite magic for me. As I manipulate the environment I have created, I manipulate the organism?s growth into sculptural form. Throughout my process, I ponder the dominion we as humans hold over other life forms and ecosystems. I decide how long the life I have housed will live, and when it will die. This approach forces me to contemplate my own aesthetics, morals and ethical values. What humbles me though, is that ultimately my authority is eclipsed and humbled by Mother Nature. My aim is to better understand the tension that exists between my dominion, humility and responsibility.
Fungal QuiltDimensions: 5' x 5.5'
Material: Fungus, potato dextrose agar, polyurethane, string