Name: Adrienne DeLoe
Which came first in your life, the science or the art?
I honestly think they developed simultaneously. I always loved collecting specimens from nature and observing living things in the environment around me. It was natural for me to start drawing those things and making art from what I collected.
Which sciences relate to your art practice?
I would say the main disciplines that relate to my work are entomology, botany, and chemistry.
What materials do you use to create your artworks?
I use real insect specimens, as well as bones, plant materials, shells, paint, and clay. My work truly is mixed media.
Artwork/Exhibition you are most proud of:
Probably my latest body of work Mutations, where I created hybrid insect pieces using many different elements from nature. I did this to highlight how humans are altering our environment in irreparable ways that threaten our future on this planet.
Which scientists and/or artists inspire and/or have influenced you?
My earliest influence was Georgia O’Keefe. Her connection to her environment and her obvious love of nature had a profound effect on me. Learning about science was something that I also loved growing up, and I have been so fortunate to be able to practice both of the things that I love in my career.
Is there anything else you want to tell us?
My work has always been and continues to be about the environment—how precious it is and what we stand to lose if we don’t take care of it.
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