Sabrina Curley

What was the inspiration behind your artwork?

Knots of Wire to Untie Problems is an outward display of sparking the thinking process. Each of the paperclip sculptures was created absentmindedly at my desk as I puzzled through homework assignments and research problems. Passages and figures from varying areas within materials science are depicted alongside the paperclip figurines made while working to understand these concepts.

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

Science and art both rely on creativity and ingenuity to continue developing, though these areas are often talked about in very different ways. Pairing the two alongside one another can make the values of one relatable in terms of the other.

Get to know the artist!

My name is Sabrina Curley, a Ph.D. student studying Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan State University. I work on studying photopolymerizable systems, primarily the ways that starting monomers and environmental conditions can be manipulated to produce complex surface morphologies through understanding thermodynamics and kinetics. Outside of my research I enjoy exploring nature, observing large, twisting tree branches and tiny snails on moss alike. I have always loved creating, whether it be research or art, or both in this case.

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