BY NICOLE VOLTAN Nicole Voltan is an artist with a scientific attitude: she observes, analyzes, creates art from nature with nature herself, whether terrestrial or celestial. Voltan returns to a primordial experience in looking at the Earth and the organic or inorganic life, whose processes are experimented by the artist herself, for making us participants and for reminding us to stay part of them. In her vision, almost cosmological, she takes a detail of the "whole", amplifying it, making it macroscopic, analyzing it, emphasizing its evolution and giving it a formal and conceptual coherence. At the opposite, she works...

BY WILLIAM K. HARTMANN, PLANETARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE, TUCSON, ARIZ. People often ask me — and I often ask myself — is there an interplay between my planetary science research and my painting? Does my interest in painting affect the way I do science? I’m pretty sure the answer is yes, but it’s hard to explain why, even to myself! I often start by arguing that there are various ways of “knowing.” My best example is that a physicist could master principles of rotational angular momentum, and coefficients of restitution and elasticity of tennis balls — and still be a lousy...

The Observatories project was started as part the Space-Time Laboratory, when I was resident artist at Durham University's Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics in 2010, where I created a series of small telescope-like objects to view cosmic phenomena using illusionary techniques. I have continued to make them and this year on a residency for the Festival of the North East in UK, I designed and created a ‘very large book’ – Observatory, which features stylised painted images of telescopes associated with space exploration in the north east. This included researching the history of the area, starting with the Venerable Bede,...

Visual artist working in the field of space exploration and the cosmos. This article was written for an artist’s book ‘Oltramarino’ (a collection of thoughts on what it is to be human), by Louise Mackenzie. Much thanks to all the scientists whose research I have gathered up to write this and it is primarily used to introduce space exploration to varied groups of people, who have yet to understand that they are part of a dynamic new space-age. Introduction Atoms exist for a billion trillion years – we are made from stardust. Carbon is the beginning of life and is...

For 6 years, I have worked on art projects inspired by space exploration and phenomena of the cosmos. This involves collaborating with scientists and often takes the form of installations and projects called laboratories. These are created for unusual sites under the auspices of Space Agency. This work started in 2007 whilst doing an MA in Glass at Sunderland University in the north east of England. Since then, I collaborated with scientists in the field of astrophysics and cosmology including doing a residency in 2010 at Durham University's Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, where I created the components for a...

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.