What was the inspiration behind your artwork?
Images from the Hubble Telescope have always shown me the beauty of space, but the perspective and scale of each picture is mind-blowing. The regions of space are astronomically large, stretching over thousands of light years. I got an iPad Pro in December 2019 with a goal of recreating some of these iconic space images as realistically as possible and shrinking them down into more relatable human-size scales.
What do you see as the similarity between science and art? Why is science-art important in today's society?
Art is a useful form of education and communication to the public about science in ways that are more easily accessible. Visual representations of scientific phenomena through paintings can often be easier to digest than information bogged down by excess numbers and data. Another important aspect of sci-art to me is the ability to make thoughts and ideas more tangible, such as the landscape of a distant habitable exoplanet that is currently beyond our grasp technologically.
Get to know the artist!
Laci Brock is a PhD candidate in Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona's Lunar & Planetary Laboratory. She studies the atmospheres of exoplanets and brown dwarfs. She holds two master's degrees (one in planetary science, one in applied physics) and completed her undergraduate studies at Purdue University.