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Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science
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ISBN 9781783208104
Hardback 296 pages
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Published October 2017
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by Gemma Anderson
Books in Visual Arts
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In recent history, the arts and sciences have often been considered opposing fields of study, but a growing trend in drawing research is beginning to bridge this divide. Gemma Anderson’s Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science introduces tested ways in which drawing as a research practice can enhance morphological insight, specifically within the natural sciences, mathematics and art.

Inspired and informed by collaboration with contemporary scientists and Goethe’s studies of morphology, as well as the work of artist Paul Klee, this book presents drawing as a means of developing and disseminating knowledge, and of understanding and engaging with the diversity of natural and theoretical forms, such as animal, vegetable, mineral and four dimensional shapes. Anderson shows that drawing can offer a means of scientific discovery and can be integral to the creation of new knowledge in science as well as in the arts. 

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'Gemma Anderson’s Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science takes us on a guided tour of her collaborations with scientists and mathematicians. On the way, we see stunning and illuminating illustrations, we meet a panoply of artists, mathematicians, scientists, philosophers, art historians and more, and we witness the processes of discovery and insight that happens through drawing.' – Barbara Tversky, Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice

'The artist Gemma Anderson recognizes that the visual arts and natural sciences are both practices devoted to looking closer, looking longer, and looking deeper. They seek out those things that are not visible to our casual seeing or everyday believing-stretching our perceptions, and our representations, to new limits. In this way, the practice of drawing is a natural bridge to connect the epistemologies of the visual arts with that of sciences – Anderson’s new book, Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science guides us through her journey through this rich terrain. Anderson’s drawing and printmaking are guided by underlying principles, making her artworks at once well-studied and fantastical, detailed and open-ended. They function as documents of her creative engagement with biodiversity and mathematics, while also illustrating her philosophical views on how drawing can help us come to know. In terms of the ongoing art-science conversation, Anderson’s contribution is advancing how an artistic approach that embraces analogy, typology, and intuition (into a method she calls “Isomorphology”) can expand our thinking about how to both recognize and organize the natural world.' – Andrew S. Yang, SCIART Magazine

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