Darshana Sapkal (notorious microbe)

What was the inspiration behind your artwork?

The current pandemic caused by the novel Coronavirus has caused a lot of hatred for viruses. We usually believe that viruses are the villains as they are associated with deadly diseases. However, that’s not true. In fact, viruses like bacteriophages are mankind’s greatest ally. They can help us control various deadly bacterial infections. So this sciart was an attempt to portray viruses in a different and positive light.

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

”Science makes the world easier to live in. But it’s art that makes the world worth living in.” Both science and art are means to communicate diverse ideas about the world. And they both strive to help us understand the extraordinary phenomenon of the world around us. Science-art is a medium to deliver scientific information effectively. It helps in bridging the gap between public and scientific experts. In today’s atmosphere of uncertainty, lack of factual knowledge and questioning of science findings, science-art can help us convey scientific information in a way that a large proportion of people can understand.

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Darshana Sapkal is a medical writer and has a M.Sc in Microbiology

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Follow Darshana on Instagram: @notoriousmicrobe

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