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Where Art and Science Come Together

“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

To say that art and science are connected is an understatement.  There is a science to how we view art and an art to how we interpret and engage in science in its many forms. Still, these are fields that are often thought to be so very separate and apart from each other, as we understand them as being left or right brained activities.  Though as da Vinci suggests, sometimes we must “learn how to see”.

Earlier this year, a call for art was extended by our gallery, Framations, where we asked artists to study the “art of science”. To be inspired by science….really, in any way they chose. The exhibit was titled “The Science Of It”. For many artists, this may not have been an area that they wanted to entertain. But as the entries came in, we were able to see that quite a few St. Louis artists were intrigued by the topic.  Artists were asked to share what branch of science they were inspired by in the creative process that drove their art. What resulted was an incredibly wide range of topics: Archaeology, Physics, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Entropy, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Geophysics, Ornithology, and Oceanology….just to mention a few.

Or many of the artists this was an opportunity to take subject matter that they often work with, but to look at it from the descriptive element of its scientific meaning, and not simply the beautiful elements that enamor them. Oftentimes, putting our creative desires into words spark new levels of meaning and the search to find the source of those inspirations.

To share a few from the exhibit:

The First Place award winner from the exhibit is a Photograph by artist Marty McKay. Frozen in Motion was inspired by plant decay and effervescence bubbles. This intriguing image depicts the methane gas bubbles created by decaying plants on the lake bed below the ice. Trapped in both motion and time, it begs the question “Is there movement, is it alive?”. The atmosphere of the image is eerie and demands a closer look.  

World View, a painting created in Acrylic and Oil by Kim Kordonowy, was inspired by Earth Science and Environmental Science. Here, Kordonowy relates how her work often shows what lies below the surface. From her artist statement “World View is a statement about stepping away from our planet and looking back at it”. Seeing as the piece is emboldened in fiery tones, it leaves the viewer to wonder what our worldview is or should be.

Stratum, a Mixed Media piece by Shirley Nachtrieb, was inspired by Geology. The artist shares with the viewer how her initial interest in this area began with her memories of a college Geology class and later her years living in California and canvassing the desert for semi-precious stones. Now, her artwork often explores the science of strata through its layers and textures inspired by the earth below us.

These are just a brief glimpse into the many areas of science that have been explored through this exhibit. The gallery hopes to engage discussion through the topic and the artists’ depth of interpretations. Viewers are also invited to vote for People’s Choice while visiting.  The exhibit is on display through July 12.

The public is invited to view the exhibit Tuesday – Saturday 10-6 and Sundays 12 – 5. Framations is located at 218 North Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301. For more information, call 636-724-8313 or visit

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