Ananya Nidamangala Srinivasa

What was the inspiration behind your artwork?

My inspiration for this work was the overwhelming movements that strive for a more inclusive world. We are often scared of differences, be it in day-to-day life or in science, yet we aren’t made very aware of how good differences are. People with difference experiences bring so much more to the table- and I wanted to try and represent that on two levels- on a visually obvious one, and on a broader perspective. We frequently fail to appreciate the diversity in the science all around us, within the model organisms, the techniques we use and even within the cells we study on a day to day basis. This piece tries to appreciate how good diversity is. In art, the colors and contrast often make the piece visually appealing. Similarly, diversity accelerates science, not only in the experiments we perform, but also people in science. Diversity makes the big picture stunning!

What do you see as the similarity between science and art? Why is science-art important in today's society?

Science and art have so many parallels. Both involve exploring new ideas, trying out multiple ways that would best represent that, and finally, effectively communicating the idea to the audience. Science has a bad reputation for not being accessible to the reader, and sci-art is important in changing this. Visual representation is more effective in conveying a story than text, and I think sci-art has the power to let the reader learn much more. Beyond being accompanied by scientific work, sci-art can help us realize things we haven’t before.

Get to know the artist!

Hello, I'm Ananya Nidamangala Srinivasa, a graduate student, pursuing a PhD at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I'm a part of the Zanders Lab, which studies meiotic drivers in fission yeast.

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Follow Ananya on Twitter: @lethargicbug

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