Off Topic: Art and Science

Dec 6, 09:51 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

It is often said that the discipline of aromatherapy is both art and science. Many people do not realize that the production of visual art also involves science. As a long time visual artist, I am very aware that the selection of colours, the positioning of design elements, and the play of light all involve some knowledge of scientific principles.

This is well illustrated in a traveling exhibition currently housed at the Dallas Musem of Art, Take Your Time, by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The installation is impeccably thought out and very simple, a perfect example of using art as an interactive teaching tool to educate viewers on principles of light, perspective and perception. As an aromatherapist, I was particularly intrigued by one gallery which housed a living, breathing (and surprisingly pungent) wall of moss.

Eliasson's work is both engaging and enchanting, and the exhibit was a big hit in New York and San Francisco. If you find yourself in this area of the country, please stop and take in Take Your Time.

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