Anastasia Tyurina is an Associate Professor at the National Research University of Electronic Technology, Moscow, where she teaches Graphic Design and Photography. She is currently undertaking her PhD in the interdisciplinary field of Artistic Photomicrography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
Throughout her academic and artistic career, Anastasia has been interested in obtaining new knowledge of the relationship between science and art. Therefore, she uses scientific machines, particularly X-rays devices and microscopes, in a variety of art projects. She has received various awards in Art & Science contests from these endeavours.
Her doctoral visual art project is concentrated in the specific area of scientific photography made by the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), a tool that has expanded the boundaries of observation and representation of the micro world since it was introduced to scientific research in the mid-1960s.
By exploring the interplay between the indexical and iconic modalities in the process of evaluating scientific photomicrographs, Anastasia tries to imbue them with new meanings and thus turn scientific photography into a creative source of communication to a general public.
In particular, she considers micro-scale drops of water from different aquatic systems after evaporation in an attempt to discover morphological features of the patterns related to water contamination. Her artistic intervention of a scientific process through experimenting with the SEM is a way to find what potentially different things her images can say about water to a viewer.
Anastasia is a regular contributor to festivals, exhibitions, and conferences in the Art & Science category. In 2016, Anastasia has been accepted to give a number of research papers and presentations of her artistic work both locally and overseas.
Anastasia's most recent conference presentations and subsequent publications include: EcoArts Australis 2nd National Conference University of Wollongong; International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016) Hong Kong (Exploring the Medium + Watermarks); The 3rd ISAT: Collision, Collaboration and the Future of Artsci National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan; The Work of Art The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Australian National University.
Recent exhibitions include: Art Meets Science Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park (2016, group show); Watermarks, Webb Gallery, QCA (2016, group show); Into the Water, Webb Gallery, QCA (2015, solo show); Creativity of Things QCA (2016, group show); H2O+ (2017, solo show).
Her research paper “Scanning Electron Microscope: The Transmigration of Scientific Photography into the Domain of Art” (2016) was recently accepted for publication in the journal Leonardo. One of her photomicrographs has been selected in the top 100 images in the 2016 Nikon Small World Competition.
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