When the disciplines of science and art intertwine to reveal a truth then words and images are suited to telling different parts, and reveal the whole story most effectively when working in tandem. Decoding the underlying science within a work of art through a caption does not diminish its value as art, but when we fail to decode the science we miss entry into a narrative.
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Brest van Kempen, Carel P. and Wheye, Darryl
"Connecting the Contradictory with Science Art and the Aid of a Caption,"
The STEAM Journal:
1, Article 26.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol1/iss1/26
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Carel Brest van Kempen is a naturalist and artist specializing in ecological themes. Named a master signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, Brest van Kempen has illustrated a number of books and authored one. He lives in Holladay, Utah. Darryl Wheye is a writer, artist, and Science Art-Nature CEO. She co-authored "Humans, Nature, and Birds: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens" with Donald Kennedy (Yale University Press, 2008) and lives in Woodside, California. Learn more about Science Art-Nature here scienceart-nature.org