Jennifer Parker is part artist, part professor, and part interdisciplinary research center founder. As an associate professor of sculpture, interactive art, new media, and kinet- ic art at UC Santa Cruz, Parker has been interested in the intersection of art and science since she attended the pro- gressive Waldorf School as a child. “The curriculum didn’t separate the two, in fact, it was quite the opposite,” Parker wrote in an e-mail to SciArt in America. “We learned about the interconnectivity of the world through a kind of sys- tems-based thinking, which was tied to learning and mak- ing.” The viewpoint of ‘interconnectivity’ is fundamental for artists who work with science, and Parker’s own artwork asks the viewer to question their perceived reality through strange juxtapositions and forms.
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