What was the inspiration behind your artwork?
I studied chemistry as an undergraduate and have always been fascinated by alkaloids and toxins. Herpetology and entomology were my favorite biology courses, especially learning about the various chemical defense mechanisms. I found that connecting my love for art and chemistry was the best way to satisfy this curiosity.
What do you see as the similarity between science and art? Why is science-art important in today's society?
Any scientist will say that their field of science is an art and I think for synthetic chemistry that is very true. When the field of chemistry was still alchemy much of it was a mixture of art and luck. An artist wouldn't have pigments without inorganic chemistry or mineral spirits without organic chemistry. Art has been the most effective way to communicate or reach a broad audience. I think it's important to connect people to science using art because in our country there's a strong anti-science mentality. Science art is a way to show individuals that science is not something to be feared, hated, or avoided but embraced. I love being able to connect my audience with the world around them on a more intimate scale using chemistry-based art. It shows that you don't always have to completely understand a subject to appreciate it. My hope is to help people open their minds to learn more about their environment and how intertwined we are with it.
Get to know the artist!
Brandi Bundy is based in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated in 2019 with her Bachelor's degree(s) in Chemistry and Earth Science with a Biology minor. When she's not working as a QA tech she's creating art and exploring nature.
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