Fusion of Art & Science: Along the Track of the Yellowstone Hotspot
102 Pages, 10 × 8 in
With an introductory essay by Jeremiah Barber
In 2010, I took a Stanford class about the science of the Yellowstone geologic hotspot. The course was unique in that our professors - biologist Liz Hadly, geologist Robyn Dunbar and artist Gail Wight - combined teaching of both art and science. We learned about the geological and biological systems of the hotspot, as well as art which had been inspired by scientific concepts and how to use charcoals.
The field component of the course consisted of a two week roadtrip across the western U.S. to Yellowstone National Park. Along the way, students took photographs of our life on the road, ancient rock formations and roadside Americana. We camped and lived out of our three vans, which we lovingly named Alpha Wolf, Beta Wolf and Old Brown Cow, and spent all but two days in the wilderness. We found fossils in the Black Rock Desert and wrote in the sky with light in Centennial Valley, staged a spontaneous sound performance in an abandoned grain silo in Idaho and hiked to mudpots in Yellowstone.
Afterward, I was asked to edit together a book documenting our journey. I compiled material from the students and photographed their artwork, commissioned a reflective essay from Jeremiah and interviewed our professors. We self-published the book in 2012. Above is a selection of pages from the final book.It is a record of good times with good people.