Blog 7- Final project reflection

Tell me about your experience being an artist during the creation of your final and learning the science behind your work? Did it turn out as you expected? What would you have changed? What would you have done differently?

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  1. I think this was a cool experience to work directly with a lab. I think most of the learning experience came from learning how to use the different softwares — photoshop and biorender. The most difficult part was trying to figure out what the lab wanted. Because they themselves were unsure of what they wanted, the process was mostly trial and error which took a long time. If I could change something about the experience it would just be having a fully clear idea of what the lab wanted so that I would only have to do a few renditions. I think I would have looked at examples of previous art the lab had used to better understand what they like. By the end of the process after many trials, I had a fair idea of what they wanted so it came out as expected. However there was quite a large jump from my initial idea.

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    1. I really like how you were able to work with a lab and get direct exposure to their work. I also think the platforms you used to make your designs were very interesting and creative.

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    2. I really like your passion about working with a lab and your patience of revising your work time over time. Biorender is also super helpful!

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      1. yeah I really enjoyed playing around with Biorender. It made things so much easier and convenient.

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      1. I think most labs would love to get art so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find one to work with in the future. I think the easiest way is to be straightforward and show lots of interest and work ethic.

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  2. I really enjoyed this experience. While I have had a little interaction with Vandy labs, being able to actually tour and interact with multiple different kinds helped me get a more well-rounded view of the science taking place across campus. My experience in creating the piece was mostly positive. I have never used digital media/iPad’s as an artistic medium so it was a fun challenge. It was a lot of trial and error for me to learn how to best utilize the app and tools I had. I think if I were to do this project again, I would approach it a bit more open-minded and patient as I often got frustrated with the app I was using (which the problems were purely user error). In addition, I could probably make the piece a bit more dynamic as I am better with the tools now. Overall, I have really enjoyed this iSeminar and the art I created for the class.

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    1. I really liked seeing the iPad and apps being used to create your piece. While it was definitely a challenge, I think it is cool how you were able to explore a medium that was new to you. I hope to try out using digital media to create art in the future.

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    2. I did struggle initially with learning the software as you did but I loved using an iPad for my project too. I felt like I had so much more control over it than I would’ve had on a physical canvas. It’s also mildly ironic to me that we use technology to create art about science and technology.

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    3. The lab tours were one of my favorite aspects of this class being able to firsthand view the backstage behind advancements motivated me in my own ambitions. I also understand how you could get annoyed and impatient with such technology as the Ipad. Nowadays, we can do so much with our tools that it becomes overwhelming and at the same time frustrating. Good thing though that as we try and fail we learn and adapt and get to understand how to use these advanced tools in the best way we can.

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    4. I really appreciate your attitude towards new artistic medium. I struggled with that and decided to return to traditional medium. I guess I need to be more innovative and open-minded in the future!

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    5. Did you enjoy using the iPad/doing digital art? Would you be interested in trying different art forms in the future? (ie painting, sculpture etc)

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  3. I really enjoyed this iSeminar and being able to explore two very different topics that I am passionate about. I loved seeing everyone’s unique twists on the final project. They all really inspired me to look at other platforms of art, like digital media. I learned a lot through creating my project, not only about the science, but also about creative processes. The science behind my piece was hard to understand, but made me practice my scientific article reading skills and really dive into an unfamiliar topic. Also, I started out with a very different idea for my painting compared to what I ended up with. As I gradually came to my final idea, I had to alter the parts of the study I focused on, from neural pathways to behavior, and take feedback I got from the class. I am happy with how my painting turned out and think that I was able to convey a complicated topic in an engaging way. Looking back, I might have wanted to add more aspects of the study to my piece. While I think I was able to include a lot about the dense study in a simple image, there were other interesting aspects that I would have liked to have incorporated.

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    1. I completely relate to the struggle between simplicity and complexity that you echo in this post. After making my piece, I wished that it looked a little simpler and more appealing to the eye but the other part of me wished that I had incorporated more in-depth details or molecular level visuals.

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    2. I definitely understand the difficulty in understanding the science in the articles! I spent a lot of time reading them and searching for things on my own to understand exactly what they were getting at. Overall, I think you did a great job at working through what the science wanted to convey and from the discussion in class you were well prepared to translate that into your own art. I can’t wait to see the final piece!

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  4. I truly feel that this class was a great experience that reassured me of my academic interests. As an art history pre med student I was dumbfounded by the idea that the two disciplines would ever interact but this class completely proved that wrong. I found that converting strictly scientific research into abstracted artwork can be a challenge but the ability to visit labs in person and see scientific imagery on site made that task a lot easier. I think my project turned out more or less like what I envisioned. I do wish that I had prior experience with SketchBook before making my final because learning the software was half the struggle and prior experience could have greatly sharpened my final product. By the end of my creative process, I had a final project that would up looking very similar to the American flag but not enough to where it was obvious. If I could do it again, I would reshape a couple sections of my project to reflect that obesity is becoming more and more of a uniquely American problem.

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    1. I truly do agree with you in the fact that this class helped show how combining such different disciplines is not only possible but beneficial. Also, I can relate to how the fact that learning something is most of the struggle when creating something. For my own project, I had no idea how to edit video and that was actually most of my time but however, at least by learning once we will be prepared for greater and better ventures in the future.

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    2. We had very similar experiences, this class definitely strengthened my view on the intersection between art and science.

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    3. Okay, first, I too am considering majoring in art history while continuing along a pre-med track so that’s amazing. That being the case, I was also concerned about how well the two disciplines would merge with each other and constantly struggled believing that ultimately I’d have to choose one or the other. This seminar really opened my eyes though and allowed me to see that not only can these separate fields interact but each could be used as a medium of expressing the other.

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    4. I also had a lot of struggle with the technical software side of the project. I think that having more routine checkpoints instead of just the one could have helped make sure that I was getting things done on time and keeping the project manageable.

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  5. This iseminar was such a great experience. I especially loved actually visiting labs and seeing how real science is done and what the benefits of communication in science itself are worth. For the project itself, I had a lot of fun doing it because I got to research and learn about my own passions and then try and be creative in retelling so. I do wish that I had some artistic ability because I feel I really lacked that and it inhibited my final presentation. Nonetheless, I did my best and had fun doing so and I truly do appreciate taking this class because I believe this is my passion and ambition. Bringing the intricacies of science and combining them with the natural curiosity of humans would be something I wouldn’t mind doing for the rest of my life.

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    1. I also felt slightly inhibited by my artistic ability as I have never taken an art class or had any visual art training (although I have always enjoyed doodling/sketching). However, I feel that(with science) importance is split between aesthetics and communication of scientific information, meaning that the art can be a little more simplistic than art for art’s sake if it communicates information well. Can’t wait to see your final project—I am sure that it is fantastic!

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    2. I also had a lot of fun in this iSeminar. Without it, I would probably never have seen the inside of a bio lab, especially one as advanced as the Calapari lab with all of the expensive machines.

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  6. My experience for this seminar was so good. I have never imagined my drawing’s subject could be something so closely related to science, as I’m not a science person at all. Visiting different labs in medical center and hearing classmates’ insights into medical topics were really new and intriguing experience. It turned out to be even better than I expected because I honestly learned so much by researching those labs and trying to understand their review articles. I would want to change the time we stay in each lab. I really wish I could stay at Hasty Lab longer so that I could learn more about Dr. Hasty’s very detailed explanation about macrophages. What I would have done differently is not keeping use traditional media but utilize this opportunity to explore new form of art by using ipad or something.

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    1. Hi Liyan! I had a chance to see your final project while I was dropping off mine, and I thought it was beautiful! Not many (if any other) people in the class were primarily art students, so I admire that you took on the challenge of exploring a new field and ended up successful.

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    2. Similar to you, I kind of wish that I had branched out more with my art medium. I really enjoyed touring the four labs as well, and wish that we had gotten to spend more time with them. All of the labs explained their research interests in such detailed and compelling ways. Reading more of the lab’s publications was also pretty interesting and taught me a lot.

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    3. It was definitely a big jump from me moving from paint/pencils to an iPad but I really recommend trying it or something else new in the future if you can! Even if you don’t like it in the end, it’s a cool experience trying something new. Your final piece turned out amazing and I hope you continue to look at science/art blends.

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  7. Taking this class, visiting labs, and creating a final project that will be displayed in ArtLab have been fantastic experiences for me! I had always enjoyed art and science separately before this class, but through this experience I have learned to merge my passion for both fields—letting my science inform my art and my art give me a better understanding of the science. For my final project, I wish that I had moved around certain aspects in the picture and also integrated more scientific information that I had planned for, but been unable to execute. However, I believe I was successful in my overall message. I think that (in the future) I would like to create more science-based art.

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    1. I feel like expressing the science in any project similise to this is always the hardest part. For myself, I know balancing how I wanted to represent my subject matter artistically with portraying the information accurately was my most difficult challenge. (So I completely understand where you’re coming from) I also enjoyed visiting all of the labs and listening to peers’ inputs and ideas. The process of just creating was unlike anything I’d done in any science or art class previously.

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    2. I too was pleasantly surprised by how well science and art intersect. I thought it was amazing how you were able to integrate the work from that lab that you actually work in with your art. I really liked your concept and can’t wait to see the final product!

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  8. I really enjoyed looking at science through an artistic lens. I really wanted my final project to be something that could be displayed in a home as a piece of art and the scientific aspect to be a flow and a part of the art. I didn’t want my artwork to look like diagrams and displays already found in textbooks and science journals and I think I did just that. I wanted my art to show a process that I was curious about already and the function of drugs in the body and loosely show in an artistic way the main mechanism of drugs in the body. I wish I had more time to connect the way drugs also affect the body visibly instead of just the mechanism. I’m really happy with how my art turned out and I will definitely be recommending this iseminar to everyone I know.

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  9. I thoroughly enjoyed this seminar. As I’ve previously commented, the biggest challenge that arose for me was balancing my want to render my subject artistically and somewhat abstractly with ensuring that the accuracy of the science behind the art would remain in tact. Ultimately I found that, in science and art immersion, to me, accuracy wins out. Thus, I was forced to think creatively in order to still make my project appealing. Given all I’ve learned from visiting the labs, hearing professional presentations along with those of my peers, and receiving feedback on my own artwork, I feel as though the experiences I’ve had throughout this seminar could never have been gained anywhere else. I am truly grateful to have been a part of all the discussions and the upcoming exhibition.

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  10. I thought that this was a really creative and challenging class. I did a lot of reading, looking up terms, and asking the PI questions in order to make the art as accurate as possible. I also spent a lot of time on Illustrator and InDesign. I looked at magazines like the New Yorker and other artists’ online portfolios in order to get a sense of how to create effective visual metaphors. I’m glad that I found many scientist-artists on the Internet and was inspired by their work. I tossed a lot of my initial ideas out, as I expected. If I could change anything, I would spend more time planning in detail before I started on Illustrator, because that would have saved me a lot of time. Another thing that I might have done differently was creating interactive digital art, instead of just digital art.

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    1. I think making your art interactive would be super unique and cool. Additionally it may help the audience better understand the topic if you did something where it could guide the audience through a process/pathway.

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  11. I enjoyed embracing the creative process and creating something of my own. I had little experience with any artistic medium, so the bulk of my time was spent becoming familiar with the software I was using. I also have very little experience with Biology and Chemistry, so It was very difficult getting the background necessary to really develop a strong idea in my art. However, I’m glad that I put in the time and effort to expand my knowledge of these topics. If I could go back, I would make sure that I found something that I was passionate about much earlier in the process and really start brainstorming earlier than I did. I would have either taken the time to sit down and develop my ideas earlier, or chosen a topic that I was more comfortable with from the start.

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