The Art of Science: Shimmer and Shift

Detail of painting of butterfly wing from The Art of Iridescence, 2010-11

Like many painters, Franziska Schenk is inspired by what Darwin called the “endless forms most beautiful” of the natural world, and the dynamic processes of evolution, predation and camouflage. As she delved deeper into her work, she became particularly interested in iridescence, the property that allows some surfaces to appear differently colored depending on the angle or light in which they are viewed. Generations of painters have developed techniques to suggest the effect of iridescence – Schenk decided to apply a little science. Continue reading “The Art of Science: Shimmer and Shift”