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Connecting the Worlds of Art and Science

by Emma Shirey


Many times, scientists feel far removed from the art world. In many art academies, scientific classes are not even on the course list. While it is true that science and art are very different, they are nonetheless closely connected. My column will aim to showcase the relationship between art and science. Weekly, the column will include interviews with artists who use science in their pieces, discussions of art history through a scientific lens, and also performance art and scientific technologies.

Science becomes art through macro photographs of landscapes and micro photographs of salt crystals. Art needs science, because chemicals play an integral role in keeping art alive. Through the use of methyl cellulose and polyester terephthalate film, hieroglyphics, ancient pottery, and old paintings are kept in pristine condition.

Dancers are artists and performers. They use their bodies to create scenes, movements, and convey emotions. The field of dance science focuses on the practical application of scientific principles such as kinesiology and physics to properly enhance the performance and lifestyle of the dancers.

Through experimentation, passion, and creativity, science and art each play significant roles in the other’s success. Stay tuned every Wednesday here at Science & Art to read about these connections and learn something new.


photograph of salt crystals by Duquesne University professor Christine M. Lorenz. Entitled: 7281 in the collection ‘Salt (2014-2016)’

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