Arts PhD Candidate Maria Michails's Dissertation Research Featured in Scientific American

Arts PhD Candidate Maria Michails's Dissertation Research Featured in Scientific American

Date posted: 2017-09-15 09:03:59

Arts PhD student Maria Michails's use of art to engage and educate the public on environmental science is featured in Scientific American this month, in a September 5th blog post by writer Amanda Baker.

"Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute PhD student Maria Michails has been using art to facilitate public engagement with environmental issues for years," Baker writes. "Her earlier works were designed for galleries and sought to create a bridge between audiences and concepts of environmental risk. The exhibits highlighted agricultural water usage or petrochemicals and depended on the physical effort of audience members on bicycle gears or hand carts for the display.

"The Petri Series focused on benzene projected microscopic colored stains of cancer cells as aesthetic elements, as one might use photographs or paintings. But the beautiful images depicted cancer. Such a stark emotional connection opened a door for further engagement with the petrochemical threat itself." 

Read the article here.

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