“Sometimes physics fascinates just because of its aesthetics. It could be the artistic appeal of an experimental image, a beautiful object used in doing physics, a pleasing curve that relates parameters… We see possibilities for art in the artefacts of physics – in bits of lab equipment, experimental results, and theoretical models.“
They are a scientist with a passion for art (Margaret Wegener) and an artist with a passion for science (A. K. Milroy), and they are collaboratively making original works of art which may be worn as jewellery, or enjoyed as sculpture, by re-purposing physics artefacts.
As a lecturer and First-Year Teaching Director in Physics at the University of Queensland, Dr Margaret Wegener teaches both aspiring physicists and physics service courses; she is interested in the educational problems of contextualising physics, and the transition between school and university.
Her PhD was awarded for laser diagnostics of a Superorbital Expansion Tube, by multiple holographic recordings. As well as holography showing the rupture process of a light diaphragm in an expansion tube, this included holographic interferometry of high-speed gas flows around models, and analysis of the resulting images to yield quantitative information about the gas flow structures.
Margaret says that, “Sometimes physics fascinates just because of aesthetics. It would be the artistic appeal of an experimental image, a beautiful object used in doing physics, a pleasing curve that relates parameters.
A. K. Milroy
A. K. Milroy is an artist in residence at Green Vale Gallery, Brisbane and has been exhibiting and selling artworks, in multiple media, for the past two decades.
Currently, she is completing a practice based PhD through Central Queensland University on the topic “Visualisations of Extinction and Evolution in Queensland Flora”. Milroy is working with the Queensland Museum’s Ancient Environments/Geosciences Program to create visualisations of evolution and extinction through palaeobotanical specimens. She is also exploring new technological methods of specimen representation.
Labpunk pieces will be on display at Draw me a discovery on June 19.