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SUM 2018

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46 | Kirsten Carlson Kirsten is a scientific illustrator, children's book illustrator-author and graphic designer. Her enthusiasm for learning and science background in marine biology provide much of the inspiration for her work. She crafts stories, both written and visual, about nature using creativity, science, and her imagination to connect scientists, children, educators, and the public with the beauty and wonder of nature. 1) How would you describe your art? I tend to call what I do more illustration than art. That's because the work I create is inspired by viewing nature through the lens of science. I love learning and observing, and behind every piece I create is a story. 2) What's your favorite medium? I absolutely love watercolor. I find it deeply gratifying to use water as a medium to illustrate the sea and the creatures in it. 3) How does your passion for the marine environment influence your art? As a graduate student in marine biology, I went to Antarctica and dove under the ice. While there, I had the epiphany that to convey the beauty and wonder I was inspired by in nature, I needed to combine science and art. And, I've been doing it ever since. 4) What were the best aspects of working on a research vessel? Being embedded with the scientists as they were doing their work was phenomenal. Being present while research was happening offered me the opportunity to ask questions, make observations and be creative while interacting with the science as it happened. It helped my work evolve in ways I couldn't imagine. 5) What were the greatest challenges of working on a research vessel? Creating art on a pitching and rolling ship was a big challenge. Early on, my watercolors took a sliding dive off the end of a table when we were in rough seas. It took several days, but I figured out little tricks to work with the sea state instead of fight it. I also had plenty of seasick medication—I was on it 24/7 so I could stare at monitors, draw specimens through scopes and not worry about being miserable in a bunk. 6) How can art save our oceans? I want people to fathom that we are part of a global ecosystem and that each of us, acting individually, can make a difference as a 'we.' Art is a way of communicating that visually, so as an artist that is passionate about our oceans, I hope to inspire others to fathom that we can make a difference. 7) What's your favorite color? My favorite color (at present) is Prussian blue because it is the pigment used in the creation of one of the earliest sci-art instruments to measure the color of the sky—the cyanometer. I used a replica of it daily on the ship. (Find more info on the cyanometer here: a-scientist-invented-the-cyanometer-just-to-measure-the-blueness-of-the-sky).

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