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Visualizing Science Team Interviews

How might art enable us to see the eyeball like never before? Perhaps by creating ceramic eyeballs and retinal nerves six feet tall. Behold, laugh, and wonder.

J. CASEY DOYLE is currently exploring works in ceramics.
BRYN MARTIN uses engineering techniques to help diagnose and treat neurological disorders.

Bacteriophages (or phages) are viruses that replicate themselves by infecting bacteria, but phages (pronounced “fāges”) can also be produced in a lab. Inspired by colorful beadwork that personifies phages, this picture book for children displays the role of human scientists in creating phages and portrays “the little phage” as a hero.

GREG TURNER-RAHMAN works in the field of virtual technology and design and has a special interest in writing and illustrating children’s books.
HOLLY WICHMAN does research in evolutionary biology and molecular biology with a particular focus on viruses.

Can you believe that math suffers from a communication problem? Polynomial equations can generate a plot over any field, and plots in turn can be made visual. These prints deploy layers of color on the abstract void of a black background, bringing numerical plots into tangible form. Visually arresting symmetries emerge from pixilated noise.

MIKE SONNICHSEN  is a printmaker, specializing in representing concrete physical objects with rich color and clarity.
JENNIFER JOHNSON-LEUNG studies algebraic geometry and number theory—what some would call “pure math.”

Human subcultures and biological organisms exist as intersecting, overlapping communities—in a word, as “microbiomes.” The Sumi ink markings in this work suggest a pattern of layered interactions with no ontological hierarchy or precedence. The κόσμος (kosmos) itself flows as a vast, interwoven conversation.

NISHIKI SUGAWARA-BEDA is a painter with a particular interest in calligraphy, Sumi-e, and mixed-media paintings and installations.
JAMES FOSTER works in the fields of ecology, computational biology, and bioinformatics.

Have you ever been struck by the awesome beauty of a swarm of aphids? Ever wondered about their niche in the agro-ecological system? Inspired by mathematical models of insect swarms buffeted by minute turbulence, this project combines painting and graphic design to suggest the presence of barely perceptible insects in Palousescapes we view every day in northern Idaho. We can be stunned at any moment by something we think we understand.

DELPHINE KEIM is a visual designer whose work is grounded in the interplay between text and image.
SALLY GRAVES MACHLIS paints stories in ink, watercolor, and mixed media.
SANFORD EIGENBRODE a self-described “aphid guy,” is an entomologist who studies climate change and agriculture.

Immediately after a burn, the fallen trees seem nothing more than a stack of blackened sticks. How can art help us to appreciate the resilient fabric of forest ecology, the return of birdsong and flowing water and green, growing things? How can art help to foster our conversations about loss and awe, about living with fire?

STACY ISENBARGER works in mixed-media sculptures and installations.
PENELOPE MORHAN research focuses on fire ecology and management and landscape ecology and dynamics.

When torqued just so, cold steel rods take on organic shapes—they become positively biological, not representing any particular animal but drawing from that world. This art requires viewers to become touchers, engaged with the work’s mysterious muscles, tendons, and bones—its elasticity. What is the function of this living structure? Experiment and find out.

VAL CARTER explores the relationships between humans and animals in painting, printmaking, and sculpture.
CRAIG MCGOWAN studies biomedical science, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

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