Some of the most fulfilling and interesting cross-disciplinary work in the burgeoning London art scene is coming out of the inter-dialogue between the arts and sciences – from biological processes to scientific theories to technologies that are testing the brave new virtual frontier, artists are increasingly drawing on the scientific basis for our natural world to weave the fabric of our contemporary narratives.
Art institutions, too, are beginning to recognise this – take the relatively new MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, which is supporting young creatives who come from all walks of life.
I refer, in particular, to the work of Freyja Dean, self-professed artist, illustrator and designer. She completed her MA last term at CSM, but before that was studying Scientific and Natural History Illustration for three years, and also completed work for the Royal College of Surgeons. She applies this scientific background of precise finesse to her artwork, seen clearly in the beautifully crafted lines and shading of both her anatomical and ink illustrations.
Freyja has created an eclectic range of work, from album covers to painting to costume design. I was particularly impressed by her MA work, IDollatry, which consisted of a fantastical “portal” guarded by a lemur-hybrid that opened up into a triptych of IDollworld. Listening to her speak at the MA Art and Science Symposium was inspiring as she explained how her work sought to explore the technological potential of the future, as well as the phenomena of modern, self-cultivated mythologies.
“I wanted to create an altar piece complete with idols (or IDolls) that explored the possible consequences, not just in terms of what we are capable of, but also what kind of humanity we are shaping for ourselves.”
To peek further into the world of Freyja’s strange and futuristic Eden, visit her website.