Art allows people to visualize and understand science in new and different ways, making a once foreign concept accessible and exciting. This integration of art and science has now moved beyond simple graphs, reaching toward innovative methods that present the beauty of science in ways that are accessible to everyone. The Emory-based Science.Art.Wonder (SAW) club, in particular, has been working to blend art and science by pairing over 100 top Atlanta researchers with passionate Atlanta artists. Researchers explain their work to an artist, who then creates two pieces of art that represent the research.
An example of this innovative concept can be seen with the pair of Emory artist Maureen Ascona and Emory researcher Dr. Helen Mayberg. Dr. Mayberg’s research focuses on the method of deep brain stimulation to treat treatment-resistant depression in patients. Ascona’s depiction of this research portrays both the dark feelings of a depressed patient and the therapeutic effects of deep brain stimulation treatment, where, as she describes, “…the dark and blue world of depression now gains color from within.”
Photos of the art were used with permission of the artists.