Yennia Marval

What was the inspiration behind your artwork?

I started doing Sci-Art as a hobby and in order to overcome a bad mental illness that invaded me while I was pursuing my undergrad thesis, I started as a mandala artist and then it mutated to a form of creating cute characters of everything I could think of: flowers, fruits and veggies and even lab tools like flasks! It kept my mind entertained and I could focus on other things other than my illness, it worked! After I graduated I continued to create both analogous and digital artworks and I could get some following from Instagram and that kept me motivated. Right now I am a Diabetes mellitus researcher in Venezuela and whenever I have the chance I recreate some of the things I have in my mind as I learn from each metabolic process and as there’s so much info stored in research papers, books and reviews, it is still a way to release stress from a research focus that is loaded with so much information. It also helps me connect with other people as many have shown interest in my drawings, and as a person that has problems with socialization, due to Asperger’s syndrome, this has, in some way, helped me interact with other people I wouldn’t have the pleasure to meet otherwise.

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

I think the similarity between science and art revolves around creativity. In both fields you need a certain amount of creativity in order to achieve a “masterpiece”, that can be a good and original artwork or an interesting research paper. Also the influence such masterpiece has in today’s society helps to model tomorrow’s minds, in the way the problems are approached and perceived and how technology and ideologies develop according to it.

I think science-art is important in today’s society because it helps accumulated knowledge to be released in a way that can be understood by a great quantity of people that usually have no previous knowledge in certain subjects. I have found people often asking me questions such as “what is this thing you drew?” and I can tell them a short story about the character I have just created and they leave with more information than they knew before. As my art is more “girly-like” I like to think that little women can be attracted to the story behind each piece and develop more curiosity in things that belong to science as they grow up.

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