We keep running into scientists who are artists as well. A few months ago, I wrote a blog, Art and Science, exploring the idea of the renaissance person, someone who is proficient at many different disciplines. If scientists are to become experts in their field, must they proceed at the exclusion of other interests, I asked. Since then we’ve met a few more successful scientists who are proficient as artists as well.
Philippe Lamesch is a young scientist and artist from Luxembourg. Receiving his Ph D at Harvard Medical School, Philippe then came to California to work at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford as well as at the Luxembourg Trade Office. In 2006 Luxembourg began a new Personalized Medicine Initiative, and Philippe has made good headway seeking American partners for his home country’s assertive move into bio.
While in Boston, Philippe became interested in the medium of print making and began developing his own art in copper etching and monoprinting. In California, Phillipe became a part-time artist in residence at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. His works have been exhibited in shows in San Francisco, New York City, and Luxembourg City. He was twice a finalist at the international art competition “XXIeme Biennale d’Esch” in Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg. Recently he was picked by the digital art gallery, Kiptonart in New York City, as one of “Ten Artists You Need to Know Now.”
We met up with Philippe at the Kala studio in Berkeley to learn more about how copper etchings are made and to see him at work. In this short interview, Philippe talks about his work as scientist and artist and the parallels between the two.