“I am a painter (science painter) and a teacher (science teacher),” Margarita Cimadevila told me. Her first love was art but the university in Santiago de Compostola, Spain, did not offer a degree in it, so she opted for her second love, chemistry. Not surprisingly, what immediately struck her were the symmetries in chemical processes and in chemical compounds. She looked wider afield into symmetries in mathematics and physics and set out to represent them in art.
The subjects are intentionally all women, as Cimadevila explains in the texts accompanying the images:
Cimadevila also runs a highly successful summer school in sunny Santiago de Compostola, Spain, called “Science and Art: Similar, So Different” (p. 346). As she explains:
SCIENCE & ART: SO DIFFERENT, SO SIMILAR!
The international course on Science and Art SCIENCE & ART: SO DIFFERENT, SO SIMILAR! was organized in April 2014 in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain) for the 4th time by the High School IES URBANO LUGRÍS (A Coruña) in collaboration with ARSCIENCIA, the MUSEOS CIENTÍFICOS CORUÑESES and SOTAVENTO.
The course is an introduction to the various relationships between Science and Art with lectures and workshops on different specific forms of Art and their connections with Science. In particular it has been dealing with Literature and Mathematics, Biology and Art, Women and Science and Art, Fishes and Electronics, Creativity in Science and Art and the new Science and Art movements in the society.
Lecturers have been writers, artists and scientists with an international reputation such as Arthur I. Miller, Susana Mataix, Davide Angheleddu, Marilena Bianchi, Marta de Menezes, Wolfgang Trettnak and Margarita Cimadevila, who is also coordinator of the course.
The course is registered in the Comenius-Grundtvig Database with the reference number ES-2013-353-002. Teachers have the possibility to ask for a grant to participate in the course through the new EU programme Erasmus+ Key Action KA1.
More information on the course as well as contact details can be found on the website of ARSCIENCIA. Future editions of the course in Santiago de Compostela are envisaged for July 2015 and July 2016.