Nature inspires my scientific inquiry and remains the core subject of my artistic career. Engagement with the natural world is a fundamental part of who I am, and the Concurrent Degree Program fosters my joint scientific and artistic pursuits at Cornell – in academics and in life. Between spending my mornings in studio and my afternoons in lectures or in the field, each semester brings me new challenges and exciting opportunities.
During the fall of 2015, I interned as an artist’s assistant under the wing of scientific illustrator and muralist Jane Kim. I worked alongside Jane and Misaki Ouchida, then the current Bartels Scientific Illustration Intern, to complete the monumental mural “From So Simple A Beginning” in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s visitor center. The mural encompasses 375 million years of evolution into a dazzling visual spectacle of just a taste of each modern family of birds and their extinct, prehistoric ancestors.
More information about the mural’s process, its creator, and a beautiful digital interactive version can be found at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Academy website.
This semester, I reached out to Charles Dardia, the curator of the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates, with a proposal for an independent art studio. I wanted to flex my scientific illustration muscles, and there was no better place to do so then at the CUMV. The CUMV houses an enormous research collection of fish, reptile, amphibian, mammal, and bird specimens – a near endless array of subject matter for me. During the first half of the semester, I spent several hours a week in the teaching lab of the CUMV, carefully observing and making sketches of a selected group of specimens. From there, I was off to the Printmaking studios in Tjaden Hall, where I created photolithographic plates from my observational drawings. Using lithographic and screenprint techniques, I produced a body of fine art prints that are among my best work. The CUMV is a fantastic, little-known resource for the Cornell community, and I especially encourage students with an interest in natural science illustration to get out there and see it for yourself.
One of my prints will be in an upcoming collaborative show of work by printmaking students at Ithaca College and Cornell. The exhibition is hosted by The Ink Shop Gallery, and addition details can be found on their website.
I See You (IC/CU) February 3 – March 23, 2017
Gallery Night Reception Friday, February 3, 5-8 PM
The Ink Shop Studio Gallery (2nd floor)
330 E.State / MLK Street Ithaca, NY 14850
Ink Shop – Tuesday to Friday 1 -6 PM, Sat 12-4 PM
Contact: The Ink Shop 607-277-3884
Email: email@example.com Web site: www.ink-shop.org
Some new artwork: