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REBECCA KAMEN www.rebeccakamen.com


Rebecca Kamen


Divining Nature, 2008 Mylar, Fiberglass Rods


Rebecca Kamen is an artist who has been deeply engaged in the STEM to STEAM dialogue. Kamen’s work is informed by wide ranging research into cosmology, history, philosophy and science. She presents scien- tific ideas using the open language of fine art, as a means to begin a discourse about the connections between art and science. Similar to the metamorphosis of an atom that becomes a new element when the number and arrangement of its parts changes, Kamen transforms chemistry’s Periodic Table of letters and numbers into sculptural elements based on geometry and atomic number. Kamen relates the periodic table to a garden as a transformational space where matter changes from one state to another. The design was inspired by a Buddhist mandala,


which traditionally depicts a cosmological view of the universe, as well as a Fibonacci Spiral, the geometry of nature. Translated into poetic physical form, her installation invites the viewer to engage at human scale with this symbolic scientific image.


Bio-musician Susan Alexjander contributed a haunting soundscape inspired by the wave frequencies emitted from atoms in the elements, adding a new dimension to the experience of the sculpture and installation.


Bio Rebecca Kamen has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, a travel grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and an artist residency


in the neuroscience program at National Institutes of Health. As a Chancellor’s Com- monwealth Professor at Northern Virginia Community College, Rebecca investigated how art and creativity can be used to enhance our understanding of science. As part of this project she has developed an art component for George Mason University’s Aspiring Scientist Summer Intern (ASSIP) program, as well as one at National Institutes of Health that encourages science interns to use art to interpret their research.


Kamen is currently working on collaborative art/science projects at Harvard University’s Center for Astrophysics and in the Neuro- science Division at the National Institutes of Health. Her artwork is represented in many private and public collections.


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