This exhibition takes its title from D'Arcy Thompson's celebrated book On Growth and Form. The three artists featured work in various media but all of them use drawing as a starting point to help understand the natural world. As well as natural history-inspired work by Lindsay Sekulowicz and Mirna Sarajlic, the exhibition also features work by Gemma Anderson inspired by mathematical biology. Anderson is based in Falmouth and is undertaking a PhD on isomorphology, looking at shared patterns across different natural forms and the role of the artist in helping scientists to understand these. She is also working as artist-in-residence with mathematicians at Imperial College London, helping them to visualise multi-dimensional forms.
Tower Foyer Gallery, University of Dundee
7 March - 26 April 2008
Mon-Fri 09.30-20.30 Sat 09.30-16.30
Sylvie PIC was born and educated in Marseilles and has exhibited her work in France, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Canada and the USA. As well as working as an artist she also lectures on art and mathematics in France and Canada.
"Following an exhibition at the Library of the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris inspired by their extensive collection of mathematical models, I undertook research into other European universities that own similar collections. As well as the great German universities, I discovered that the University of Dundee holds such a collection, including some models that are not in the IHP collection. What I found particularly interesting was that the University still has some of the original catalogues of the German manufacturers. After a study visit to Dundee in October 2007, I'm very happy to be showing some of my topological drawings in the Tower Foyer Gallery." - Sylvie PIC, 2008
All images copyright Sylvie Pic
To find out more about the artist, visit her website here.
This exhibition features some of the original teaching material used by J E A Steggall, the University's first Professor of Mathematics.
In 1882 Steggall applied to University College Dundee to become its first Principal. Failing to secure the position, he was instead appointed the first Professor of Mathematics & Natural Philosophy (the latter being the usual name for Physics at that time). In 1895, J P Keunen took over the teaching of Physics, and Steggall remained as Professor of Pure & Applied Mathematics until 1933. Steggall's many other interests included photography, woodwork and cycling - at the age of 65 he pedalled to a British Association meeting in Cardiff 500 miles away!