Science and the arts share the same foundation–a desire to understand deeply and to share observations and perceptions in ways that convey important truths about our world and ourselves. Over centuries, the description of reality has been artificially split into methods of the arts and sciences. This separation is reflected in our academic institutions and taught at a young age to growing minds. Although philosophical separation between the arts and sciences is rooted in history and culture, artistic and scientific methodologies of describing reality are equally valid. A holistic approach to describing reality that brings together the arts and sciences is essential to have a more complete understanding of our world.
Kay Hartung creates an imagined world of cells, proteins, and viruses that allude to colonies of cellular shapes that migrate, flow, and multiply. She paints with encaustic, an organic medium that lends itself to building layer upon layer of biomorphic forms suggesting growth, development, and movement. Pattern is a predominant characteristic in her work, repeating shapes, lines and colors that evoke the geometries of microscopic structures within the body and the natural world. By constructing environments for these forms, landscapes in which they can interact, she contemplates the potential impact of cellular activity on the visible universe and the human species.
Kay Hartung is a mixed media artist and educator whose art has been exhibited nationally and is included in many private and corporate collections. Additionally, she has created specially commissioned pieces for public and residential spaces. After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Art with a BFA and earning her MFA from Syracuse University, she served on the faculty of Bradford College in the Creative Arts Division for 20 years. Kay has received grants from the Somerville Arts Council, Malden Arts Council and the Ford Foundation. She is a member of Fountain Street Gallery in Boston and maintains a studio at ArtSpace Maynard. She lives in Acton, MA.
Visit the gallery to see the entire show including work by Kay Hartung and artist/scientist collaborators Maria Peñil Cobo and Mehmet Berkmen. Two artists and a scientist use live bacteria, or encaustic, to reinvent the relationship humans have with microbes. A reception will be held on Friday, February 1st from 6 - 8 pm, and an artist’s talk on February 9th from 2 -4 pm.