Thursday, August 7, 2008

Art in Science



The natural world offers a plethora of inspiration and ideas. The pebble etchings by Fiona Watson are great examples of mixing science, art and nature. Watson is fascinated by the patterns and forms in nature, which led her to study Biological Sciences at Leicester University. After several years of working for various medical journals, Watson eventually studied printmaking to create a perfect blend of science and art.

I can relate to her two passions. I love when art meshes with different disciplines, and my favorite combination is science and art. Before going forward with my art and textiles degree I debated about pursuing biological sciences. I may have gotten paid better, but I would have messed up the math and experiments! I'll stick with creating my own art experiments, but the science world is still very fascinating to me. I would love to sit in on a biology class...just to listen and be inspired.

26 comments:

Jessie Cacciola said...

so cool! xo

Krissy said...

Interesting tidbit about you... I didn't know you were a science gal. I love Fiona's work- very organic!

A-M said...

Ooh I am a scientist by training but in molecular genetics. When you get down to that level it still is exquisitely beautiful. I was so passionate about it in my training. I hear you! A-M xx

quaint handmade said...

it's great to learn more about you and your forays as a "mad" scientist! i can't tell you how much i love those prints - i adore andy goldsworthy and they're in a similar vein. going to check out her site now. thanks!

la casita de wendy said...

i love art and science too!! this pictures are beautiful...

aimee said...

very harmonious. i like this post.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oooh! I love the last image! I studied bio in college and I day didn't go by where I didn't see something in my scope and imagine it as something else that would look gorgeous as a piece of art. I think science and art are two sides of the same coin.

Leah said...

i love nature...but never a big fan of science classes. they hurt my head. take a picture of a bug, sure. dissect it, nah....

naphtali said...

beautiful. but, i'll leave the science to others. her work is great. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Ree said...

Those pebble etchings are stunning! I love science, art AND history! :)

Gin said...

Oh wow! The stones are gorgeous. My LM wants to be a geologist and has quite the collection herself. I'm sure she would love to have a necklace with those one day!

Fifi Flowers said...

A scientific designer! COOL!
These works of art remind me of stone massages... though I've never had one.
We've learned more about you today!

Pigtown-Design said...

I love the stones... have you heard about the World Beach Project? It's where people make designs with stones from different beaches around the world. It's a project of the V&A museum in London.

My ex-housemate from Wales and his kids, and I each did it from 3200 miles apart.

Lots of people did beautiful things with stones like these.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/textiles/lawty/world_beach/map_gallery/index.php

M.Kate said...

Definitely so beautiful, something simple yet stunning! you have a great weekend too :)

mandco said...

Both a stunningly beautiful, and equally interesting post! Love it!

mandco said...

Both a stunningly beautiful, and equally interesting post! Love it!

karey m. said...

oh, for cripes' sake! can you not take a vacation from perfect?! these last four posts...

ugh.

{insert me, walking away from my monitor in frustration and/or mock disgust. and then racing back.}

i'll return in a week. i expect a day or two of mediocre. at the very least. xoxo.

jae said...

These are really beautiful. I love when art and science mix.

Victoria said...

I love, love, love these!

Karen said...

Those etchings are beautiful -- I'm totally not a science person, but I love nature-inspired art...these are great :)

please sir said...

Thanks so much - glad you liked my personal tidbit!

Scatterbrain Tal said...

Lovely post. I feel your words as I get a lot of my inspiration from what fascinate me in nature and science. Its unknown and complex aspect is really appealing to me, and that's what I'm trying to show in some of my works. :)

A Print A Day said...

me too. i was a geology major prior to shifting to art. i love the natural sciences. all the little details are so fascinating.

and this lady's work is fantastic. i want to learn how to etch.

Stephanie Ryan said...

These are so great! Love them.

Camille said...

These remind me of when I lived on Cape Cod. My porch had a lot of the same types of rocks, just not so artfully arranged.

lotta said...

I love Fiona's work! I am a fanatic rock collector and her art is wonderful. Thank you for finding and sharing!

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