Art and science typically have completely different worldviews but sometimes they intersect. We are amazed by clients who use our lab equipment in the pursuit of their vision.
Symeon van Donkelaar of Conestoga, ON (only a short drive from Waterloo & Indigo Instruments) has bought glassware, filter paper and pH strips for testing & preparing many of the natural art materials he uses in his work. Truly science and art foraging together to create a unique style.
In his own words: “
Art Foraging Meets Science
“Symeon Van Donkelaar is an artist whose 100 Mile Pigment Project was the start of many thorough investigations into pigments he could obtain using plants and minerals within 100 miles (150km) of his Ontario, Canada-based studio. He’s grown indigo and produced Maya blue, fired bones to make bone black, sought out many different ochres in the landscape, and worked with soil scientists and community members. He paints sacred icons using his hand-gathered materials, and teaches icon-making workshops regularly”.
You can explore more of Symeon Van Donkelaar’s work at New Colours and Stories from Cobalt.