Title

Convergence: Art and Chemistry

Presenter Information

Tarra Hall

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Room 201

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Analogy, Concept, Communication

Abstract

Convergence: A meeting place of similar or very different people, ideals, or concepts. My interest in fine art and chemistry inspired this series of paintings and drawings artistically illustrating chemical concepts and theories. The pieces utilize a combination of observations, photography, color theory, symbolism, realism, and abstraction to communicate often-complex concepts within chemistry into stylized environments. Some of the chemical theories portrayed include the pH scale, supersaturated solutions, triple point of water, and iron oxide. Each theory depicted in the series involves carefully developed abstract compositions incorporating realistically rendered elements, symbols, or other reference points relating to the concept. The series built on a desire to combine art and chemistry in a way that incorporated knowledge from both fields. The series carried the challenge of communicating complex theories in a way that viewers with little to no background in science could still relate to the series on a personal or artistic level. During the process of combining these two seemingly different fields, the artwork began bringing together people from both ends of the art and science spectrum. Art and chemistry are more integrated and reliant on each other than many people initially assume. These two fields also face similar prejudices that may not be easily noticed to someone outside the disciplines. In creating a point were art and chemistry meet, perhaps it will help open views in one field to a person in the other field. Materials: oil paint, charcoal, graphite, prismacolor pencils, image transfer, and collage.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Chachava, Maya

Additional Mentoring Department

Art

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Convergence: Art and Chemistry

SURC Room 201

Convergence: A meeting place of similar or very different people, ideals, or concepts. My interest in fine art and chemistry inspired this series of paintings and drawings artistically illustrating chemical concepts and theories. The pieces utilize a combination of observations, photography, color theory, symbolism, realism, and abstraction to communicate often-complex concepts within chemistry into stylized environments. Some of the chemical theories portrayed include the pH scale, supersaturated solutions, triple point of water, and iron oxide. Each theory depicted in the series involves carefully developed abstract compositions incorporating realistically rendered elements, symbols, or other reference points relating to the concept. The series built on a desire to combine art and chemistry in a way that incorporated knowledge from both fields. The series carried the challenge of communicating complex theories in a way that viewers with little to no background in science could still relate to the series on a personal or artistic level. During the process of combining these two seemingly different fields, the artwork began bringing together people from both ends of the art and science spectrum. Art and chemistry are more integrated and reliant on each other than many people initially assume. These two fields also face similar prejudices that may not be easily noticed to someone outside the disciplines. In creating a point were art and chemistry meet, perhaps it will help open views in one field to a person in the other field. Materials: oil paint, charcoal, graphite, prismacolor pencils, image transfer, and collage.