The intersect of art and science is so fascinating to me. I’m very familiar with how art works and how to make a lot of art–but science? It’s another language that I can only pretend to fully understand. One artist fuses these two subjects together in large, abstract paintings that are equal parts Audobon and Dürer as they are contemporary art. Her name is Lily Simonson and she is one rad artist, training her brushes to create everything from fossils to yeti crabs to tube worms, all these scientific items that we all only vaguely are familiar with.
Lily’s work is currently the subject of a solo show at CB1 in Los Angeles but is also widely recognized in scientific circles. Lily has traveled everywhere from Parisian laboratories to Scripps College’s Levin Lab to study these rare creatures. She has even been invited to join scientific exploration teams that will explore the San Diego Margin as well as Antartica, where they will examine rare creatures and she will be able to see her subject matters live. In a sense, she’s become an It Girl in the science world as she’s made newly discovered creatures sexy.
I was very privileged to be able to sit down with her in her studio to talk about her discovery of subject matters, her speaking at various scientific conventions, her work with the Census of Marine Life, the use of black light in her work, and even her extreme love of Beck. She is definitely a Los Angeles artist to watch. You can check out our interview with her here.