Name: Tyler Thrasher
Which came first in your life, the science or the art?
Science and art took a grasp around the same time. As a child, I always had a fascination for the natural world, such as plants, caves, crystals, etc. It wasn’t until high school when I began exploring what I wanted out of life. My experiences in both art and chemistry courses came together simultaneously, and I found myself in love while also trying to find outlets to combine the two together.
“My experiences in both art and chemistry courses came together simultaneously, and I found myself in love while also trying to find outlets to combine the two together.”Tyler Thrasher
Which sciences relate to your art practice?
I would say mostly chemistry and molecular geometry. However, my experiments with synthesizing opals touches on materials sciences and a bit of physics/light play. Some of my efforts to hybridize and create new plants also touches on botany and horticulture.
What materials do you use to create your artworks?
Various different compounds such as sulfate salts, Tutton’s salts, monodisperse silica nanoparticles, and preserved insect remains (haha).
Artwork/Exhibition you are most proud of:
I have a handful of pieces that make it into my private collection. Some of them are crystallized cicadas that were so intriguing I couldn’t let them go. One is a cicada crystallized with cobalt ammonium sulfate and then covered with a layer of zinc ammonium sulfate.
Which scientists and/or artists inspire and/or have influenced you?
I’ve taken a lot of information and inspiration from Werner Stöber and his [research] team in regards to the Stöber process, which is a method for developing monodisperse silica nanoparticles. The courageous feats of Roger Hiorns are also an inspiration.
Is there anything else you want to tell us?
As an artist, I’m constantly striving to find new ways to give back and use my science art for good. One of those outlets was through a shirt I designed, “Raise Some Heck.” The idea is that we are called to “give a damn” and do good whenever possible, even if that means disrupting centuries old systems that don’t benefit us any longer. The initial goal was to raise $5,000, and we ended up raising $75,000!
“As an artist, I’m constantly striving to find new ways to give back and use my science art for good.”Tyler Thrasher
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