Drawing the circle around art and science.
By Elliot Busse
Last month, we opened our Artist Living Studio space in Building 4. This space, filled with beautiful furniture courtesy of IKEA, brings art and science together in a comfortable, homey setting. With support from the Washington State Arts Commission (ARTSWA), four local artists will participate in our pilot Artist in Residence program. These artists will explore connections between art and science and demonstrate how they transform ideas into reality.
Our current artists, Elizabeth Schiffler and Natalie Dupille, are sharing their work and inspiring both guests and staff to create and illustrate their own realities. Elizabeth, a filmmaker, uses experimental narratives to root her work in an intersection of science, myth and magic. Balancing the artistic talent, Natalie is a cartoonist, illustrator and arts educator based in Seattle and specializing in watercolor, comics and ink illustration. With this range of talent, our Artists in Residence will help support all of our guests’ tastes in artistic expression. They will also collaborate on an animation project that will soon be highlighted in the Artist Living Studio, and work with two of the Science Center’s Science Communication Fellows to explore the similarities and differences between artistic and scientific processes.
Elizabeth and Natalie are on our floor once a week. If you stop by the Artist Living Studio while they are out, the shelves are stocked to the brim with art books, while the tables will have prompts and supplies available to help you along your creative journey. On your next visit to the Science Center, come over to Building 4, make yourself at home and get a little creative bringing your realities to life.