Science is art. Art is science. They work hand in hand, they basically are one thing if you think about it.
It always really bothers me when I hear and see people say that I gave up on art, or anyone who chose science or major that is wanted by society, over art. That may be true to some degree, but again, not the whole degree. There are people out there who just passionately love art and science equally, I for one do.
When people spat at me for saying I gave up on art or I chose the easy road, they do not understand how long I struggled to think about what I wanted to do with my life. My whole senior and junior year in highschool, I stayed up late at night, crying my eyes out because I did not know what I wanted to pursue or which one I should pursue: art or science. I love them so much, they are both my oxygen, my life support, my foundation in life. I know I could easily double major, but my parents do not allow it. If that was an option, then I wouldn’t be writing this confession to begin with. In the end, I chose science because I realized that I do not need a degree to call myself an artist. That could be said the same the other way around, you don’t need a degree to call yourself a scientist too. (The degree is basically the only way for society to recognize/accept you has a true scientist/artist anyway…)
Another point I would like to touch upon is that some people say that scientist can and never will be able to appreciate the beauty of art/nature the same was as an artist. Again, this may be true, but in my opinion, I think this is utter bullcrap. I am pretty sure the scientists that we all study in our textbooks did not do life threatening research half-heartedly (Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin being examples of this.) I may not know them personally, but again, science is art and they saw the beauty in science, wanting to discover its mysteries, the art of life itself. Maybe artists and scientists view beauty differently, but that does not mean scientists will never understand beauty. This mostly bothers me because someone who I thought understood my struggle deciding what I wanted to do in life, outright said that I would never understand art because I chose the science route. This was a double hit to me, insulting my love for both science and art. Again, I think society is the one that puts these pressures and harsh opinions on these two subjects, creating misunderstandings.
How I mostly cope with this is that I incorporate science theories, thoughts, concepts, discoveries into my artwork. In life, science and art work together in harmony and I hope to show that through my artwork. I mean, why is the golden ratio appealing to the eye? Why is the sunflower mathematically perfect?
Again, this is just an opinion and I don’t expect people to agree with me all the time, I just hope it brings a little insight or understanding to whomever reads this. Take my opinion (or not) anyway you want. I love art and science wholeheartedly.
Source of drawing: http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/post/18501621333/explore-blog-systematic-wonder
-submitted by danajayy