1. What is your day job?
I work part-time at The Royal Cinema in downtown Toronto as an Assistant Manager, and I do a lot of freelance work in photography, writing, illustration, and design. I have also been spending my time building a new company called Scienceasy, which I am incredibly excited about!
2. What do you love most about your work?
The thing I love most about my work is educating and entertaining. I am so pleased when folks are moved by my artistic work, and I love to open the minds of others to the topics I love, like science, film, and social justice. I think creating art and design is a wonderful way to connect with others, and that's something that I find so important and rewarding.
3. What inspired you to get into your field?
I was inspired to enter my current field after getting a degree from the University of Toronto in Life Sciences. I have always loved science but found the industry to be inaccessible to folks who weren't on track to becoming doctors or researchers. I firmly believe that anyone can be scientifically literate, and I set out to build my skills in the arts to make these subjects more understandable to others. Though I love art and design in general, the most rewarding work I do is the stuff that inspires others to get interested in subjects that they otherwise find impenetrable or elitist.
4. What inspires you creatively?
Science fiction is one of the most inspiring things to me. It's a creative endeavor that helps make complex issues like science, philosophy, and politics explorable, and I find that fascinating. Star Trek is one of my greatest inspirations because the franchise has allows explored difficult topics like physics, diplomacy, human rights, space travel, biology, and so much more, all while creating a beautiful and exciting show that I find myself watching again and again.
5. Who is your favourite artist?
I have too many favourite artists to choose a single creator, but the art movement that I've found most inspiring lately is the vintage film poster design from Poland. The visuals are so punchy yet minimalist, and use colour and clean design to great effect, creating beautiful works of art that are uncomplicated and intriguing. The posters are much more interesting to me than the glossy, formulaic posters we often see in North America, and I love how they are artistic works in their own right that also serve a practical function. As a Polish-Canadian artist and designer, I find this work to be a great source of pride and inspiration.
6. Who is your favourite scientist?
My favourite scientists are Carl Sagan and Hedy Lamarr. I grew up reading the works of Carl Sagan and he really inspired me to pursue scientific education. I have always loved how moved he was by the sciences, and how he always tried to make these subjects accessible to everyone, no matter how experienced or not they might be in the sciences. Hedy Lamarr, on the other hand, is a true role model for me. Though she's largely known as a Hollywood starlet, she was so much more and was not taken seriously at the time for her scientific accomplishments. She was a brilliant inventor, undeterred by the sexism that made the world see her as nothing more than a pretty face. Her frequency hopping technology was not only invented for the purpose of stealth communications to combat the Nazi's during World War II (awesome!), but it has modern-day applications in technologies as important as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi! She really proves that woman can do everything and more, and I look to her as a great inspiration as an artist and scientist.
7. What do you love about science and art?
To me, science is a tool we use to understand the world around us, and I believe that art is a tool we can use to better understand science. The universe is a fascinating place, and anything we can use to get closer to understanding it is a beautiful thing. Science and art, used together, are like pathways we can take toward learning, and learning is probably the most beautiful thing in the world to me.