Created by Mathilda Lien, Angers, France
Title: Things Could Be Otherwise…
Materials and techniques: I used Leonardo’s handwriting to make a collage which was photographed then printed onto a cotton panel.
(photo courtesy: Albert De Boer)
Did you enjoy this project? Yes.
About: I am participating in the Leonardo Da Vinci project “Collisions of Art and Science” because I like Da Vinci’s work, especially his anatomical drawings, and because the title of the project intrigued me. When I brainstormed for the project I put myself in Leonardo’s shoes. I imagined drawing elaborate machinery or human bodies. Leonardo emphasized a scientific approach. He was precise and attempted to be an objective observer. Yet, Leonardo’s “scientific” drawings are full of life and beauty. They are considered art. I realized then how I wanted to approach the project. I did not want to focus on a “collision” between art and science which emphasizes a violent clash of conflicting ideas. Rather, it seemed more appropriate to focus on the common thread between the two. I think the common thread between art and science is the desire and necessity to see how things could be otherwise, or to put it another way, to “think outside the box.”