By Amy Bareham
Cultural and Community Investment Intern
In the past, we as a culture have nursed a bad habit – that of polarizing art and science. However, Brittani George, a fall 2014 Community Supported Art (CSA) participant, is proof of these opposite worlds colliding in breathtakingly innovative ways.
George’s creative tendencies appeared early on.
“Ever since I could hold a pencil,” she said, “I’ve always really done art.”
Simply put, it was an essential part of her development.
Despite discouraging experiences in the K-12 art world, George went on to celebrate her art DNA through an unexpected avenue. Pursuing biology and chemistry in college, she found that studying science is an art within itself. Her expanding knowledge of shapes, physics, and geometry contributed to her progression as an artist.
“I figured I’ll always be an artist,” George explained. “So I’d rather study something that’s another interest and just take art with me wherever I go.”
Feeling that art and science are two topics pertaining to everything, George was able to maximize the potential of doors opened by her science oriented degree. A research stint in Brazil, during which George studied metabolism, was “artistically, so inspiring.” Surrounded by color and an eclectic community where lime green and polka dot buildings were the norm, George’s personal design scheme was impacted hugely.
Brazil, shared Brittani, “was critical. Just going there and meeting other artists and seeing how they do things…it’s an expressive place.”
Currently working for NC State, George spends her time with fungi as part of a program that discovers antibiotics from nature.
“The more I learn scientifically, it builds on me, the way I express myself,” she said.
And so, at the intersection of art and botany, stands a talented drawer whose mind welcomes lessons from disciplines different to her own.
Her CSA pieces, 50 framed drawings, reflect a theme that bridges both passions. When combined, all 50 pieces tell a story of, “returning to nature and things that are sustainable.”
George’s main objective was to celebrate the different perspectives of her art’s beholders. Really, there are three stories at work: the story of George and her creative process, the story of CSA shareholders and its effect on the drawings, and the story of the drawings themselves.
What is CSA if not a celebration of Charlotte and all the artistic journeys she represents? With these pieces, all Charlotte’s stories can interlock, if only for a moment.