From the phase space of cancer, to ballooning spiders, to self-watering plants, and the limits of human attention, the breadth of science-based art grows wider every day as new scientific discoveries are being made and new problems arise.
For the first issue of this year, here at SciArt in America we are pleased to bring on board our new managing editor, Neel V. Patel. Headlining this February issue is his article on the growing movement of biology-based art. Under the larger umbrella of science-based art, bio art pushes art- world boundaries more often than any other movement today by confronting ethical and mandated standards on the use of living organisms, including one’s own body, as the medium and canvas.
Looking at the art of science from the latter point of view, we have the winning images of the BioScapes competition, an annual collection of microscopy photographs that celebrate beauty found in the laboratory. Alongside the plant-pigment paintings of Ellie Irons, the spiderweb drawings of Jim Toia, and the hermit crab homes by Elizabeth Demaray, there occurs a wonderful difficulty in distinguishing between the science and the art.
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