For Your Inspiration: Art and Math Unite!

For people like Josh and I, the above statement is haunting to say the least. *Gasp* You really mean forever?

You see, we both have humanities-focused brains. Humanities. You know the type. We enjoy and excel at art, history, literature, languages (i.e., all of the fun stuff) and flee as though from the plague from math and science.

I have to admit, however, that between encountering the works of respective math and science nerds Nikki Graziano and Joe Hanson, I might be able to retain my belief that there is a God even in the middle of a geometric proof, which I swear I will never use in the real world unlike matrices and quadratic equations. True story.

At any rate, math and photography major (what a combo, huh?) Nikki Graziano hails from my home city of Rochester, NY. At Rochester Institute of Technology, she is severely shaking up the stigma that all intelligent humans can be easily divided into neat little categories of “right-brained” and “left brained.” 
Right-brainers are supposedly imaginative, focused on the big picture, emotional, artistic, outside-of-the-box, fantastical, and impetuous.

Left-brainers are supposedly logical, detail-oriented, scientific, factual, reality-based, strategic, practical, and safe.

I’m not even sure (probably because I’m not a science person) if there is scientific evidence supporting the fact that a personality can be affected in this way depending on the person’s dominant half of the brain, but I am positive that lumping beautifully dynamic minds into these two narrow categories is a mistake.

Why can’t a person be logical and fantastical? Some of the most spell-binding fantasy stories are the ones that are logically possible in reality. A Wrinkle in Time, anyone?

Why can’t someone be emotional and practical? This is the only explanation for all of the head vs. heart debates everyone goes through when trying to make a decision.

Why can’t he or she be artistic and detail-oriented? If Nikki Graziano wasn’t both of these things, she never could have created the beautiful photo/collage series “Found Functions.”  

While the artist in Nikki is able to spot what will translate into a beautiful photograph, the mathematician in her can spot the functions that best describe the shapes she sees. This synthesis creates beautiful and quirky images uniting the artistic and scientific mind. These photos are some of the most endearing depictions of inanimate objects I have ever seen.

As for Joe Hanson, he is responsible for my discovery of Miss Graziano. Her work was featured on Hanson’s blog It’s Okay to Be Smart which offers a refreshing take on both the practical and just plain fun elements of being involved in math and the sciences.
This aspiring PhD is an absolutely hysterical and charming author. Do you know what an author is? It’s an artist! Joe Hanson is an artist and a scientist!
Don’t feel bad. I’m just as surprised that they exist as you are.
Of course, I’m kidding :-). I can, however, seriously recommend if you think of yourself as proudly and exclusively right-brained that you open your mind (or at least the left half of it) and peruse the blogs of these two youths who are doing amazing jobs of uniting these seemingly dissimilar disciplines.

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