Time and Space: Reflection, Visualization, and Symbolism in Art and Science
Time and space, in all their physical manifestations and philosophical permutations have occupied artists and scientists for centuries, and as interdisciplinary themes can be used to illustrate, through an examination of works of art, the complex synergistic relationship between art and science. Whether through a scientific reflection on its nature, form and limits, or the symbolic visualization through linear and aerial perspective, space has been a central theme and focus of both scientific investigation and artistic expression. Time, conceptually more elusive, seems to trouble and inspire humanity even more, with its dual nature (cyclical and linear) and the primordial desire to circumvent its effects whether through cryonics or pyramid building. Although the precise relationship between art and science, at least in terms of reciprocity, is difficult to determine, it is an investigation worth the effort since from it can come a deeper understanding of the nature of creativity which unites both at the highest levels.
Keywords: Time and Space, Interdisciplinary, Science and Art
Dr. Rebecca Lynne Brooks
Professor, Visual Art Studies and Art Education, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas