July 29, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Monkeyflowers © 2015 Monica Gunderson - All Rights Reserved; Unauthorized Reproduction Prohibited
Interdisciplinary Art — A Mixed Media Show
Multicultural Arts Center Merced presents, "Interdisciplinary Art - A Mixed Media Show", is a multimedia art exhibit that will have artwork on display created through collaborative efforts of local artists and UC Merced researchers. Each artwork shows the researchers studies in a different point of view. The art is devised by the ArtHop community, and poetry and prose from local writers. The research-driven art features the work of 22 pairings of UC Merced researchers and local artists. Researchers present their work to artists using various methods of communication such as written notes, figures, videos, visual aids, photographs, charts, and both artist and researcher worked closely together to create a piece of artwork which reflects the research project and its broader impact. Each artwork at the exhibit is paired with a brief written description of the researcher’s work to provide a translation of sorts of the art piece. The event is sponsored by Sarah Abboud, Merced Multicultural Arts Center and Graduate Student Services.
The art piece that I had created for this project is titled, "Monkeyflowers" and is based off of the studies of Professor Jason Sexton from UC Merced. Jason Sexton has been studying monkeyflowers (Mimulus) focusing on the speciation and adaptations in plants. He is currently studying monkeyflowers in Sierra Nevada mountain range in California and has discovered an array of diversity in monkeyflowers that have adapted to specific niches in various environments, climates, and elevations. Their diversity not only ranges from the locations that monkeyflowers thrive in, but also their size, shape, color, leaf shape, and even means of pollination may be different as well. There are about 150 variances of monkeyflowers worldwide, with about half of the species located in California some being endemic to the Sierra Nevada's. Find out more about Professor Jason Sexton.
Monica Gunderson Fine Artist