Karli Mogen

What was the inspiration behind your artwork?

I always thought it serendipitous that humans use oxygen to create carbon dioxide and water via respiration, and plants do the inverse, using carbon dioxide and water to create oxygen via photosynthesis-processes which are vital for the survival of their respective organisms. Looking strictly at these processes, hypothetically, we could sustain each other. My art piece is inspired by the profound simplicity of this symbiotic relationship. Admittedly, I am an artist before I am a scientist, so my concept is likely more metaphorical than literal, but this is an idea I would love to learn more about from a scientific standpoint, and perhaps I can develop an even more compelling visual representation with further research.

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

Science and art share common goals of discovery, creation, and communication. Through the scientific process new discoveries and inventions are created, which then must be communicated to others. Through the artistic process, complex concepts are depicted, which become vehicles for communication and inspiration. Science-art is particularly important today as an educational tool to communicate complex concepts visually, and also as a source of inspiration for future generations of scientists and artists. Art gives science a bridge to capture the attention span of the average person, and science gives art some reality to stand on.

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Karli Mogen, MSc Medical Art

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