Art, Science and the Artisan

Art, Science and the Artisan

Art, Science and the Artisan

Professor Rob Kesseler UAL Chair of Art, Science & Design works in the overlapping territories between Art, Design, Photography, Applied Art and Science.

During the past fifteen years Kesseler has worked with a range of scientists – botanical, molecular, genetic, with access to their knowledge and technologies. Using a variety of advanced microscopy techniques to produce complex images of plant specimens and cell structures he has produced a wide range of works in diverse media, from ornamental china dinner services used for al fresco banquets, to a series of award winning publications on Pollen and Seeds.  

In this film, Professor Rob Kesseler talks about his practice working in the boundaries between art and science, the importance of cross disciplinary collaboration and his work at the Jodrell Laboratory at Kew Gardens. This is followed by excerpts from the Chairs Presents Series Talk: Art, Science and the Artisan which placed Kesseler's recent work in the historical context of the important contribution artisans, illustrators and scientists have made to the wider arts. He was joined at this event by Professor Mark Fairnington, Reader in Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts, whose paintings based upon natural history specimens resonate strongly with the themes of the talk.

Read more about Rob Kesseler via his UAL Research Profile

WATCH the full Chairs Presents Series Talk with Rob Kesseler & Mark Fairnington

Find out about the MA Art & Science course at Central Saint Martins