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Letter from the Editor
This August’s issue marks the three–year anniversary of SciArt. I started SciArt during my time in graduate school, frustrated by the lack of recognition of this niche yet artistically, conceptually, and intellectually wild field of science–based art.
I am often asked how many people are actually interested in “this stuff,” and if there is enough of “it” out there to publish regularly on. I gladly share that “this stuff ” is interesting to more and more people each day, as the arts have begun to seriously reflect our contemporary society’s central concerns, concerns which are scientific and globally–relevant in nature. Our two Straight Talk artists this issue, Mark Dion and Elaine Whittaker, demand the viewer reconsider their relationship with nature and microbiology as our climate changes and our diseases evolve beyond medicine’s reach.
And as for the amount of science–based art? Ever growing. It has, to my delight, become increasingly hard (if not impossible) to keep track of every artist and every initiative involved in this type of work. There is never enough room in each issue to publish on all that we could. It’s a good kind of problem to have.
I’d like to give special thanks to our dedicated staff of volunteer writers, editors, bloggers, and illustrators who have joined me in the mission of spreading the word about the convergence of science and art as far and wide as possible. And as always, a big thank you to our readership for your continued support.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this issue!
- Julia Buntaine, Editor-in-Chief
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