Science and art rely on observation and synthesis: taking what is seen and creating something new. Our society could hardly exist without either, but when they come together, our culture is enriched, sometimes unexpectedly.
To many, science embodies the rational and analytical end of human experience, while art comes from the empathic and expressive. Science can prove truths, while art can only make us feel them.
These differences are compounded as science becomes responsible for the official narrative of our lives through medicine and genetics. At the same time, contemporary art retains a mystical ‘outsider’ status, both in its intellectual obscurity and the inflated prices of the international art market. Nevertheless, where science meets art and the two work together, the result can be extraordinarily productive as horizons are broadened and gaps in our understanding of both fields are filled.