Producer – Sofia Polkovnuk | polyfield magazine

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Name: Sofia Polkonuk

What came first in your life, science or art?

As a young girl, both had a deep influence on me. My parents are artisans, so the artistic part was always there since I was very young, but on the other hand, they also studied biology, so my home was a place where art and science merged.

However, for my career, I decided to go into science, I studied Biology and got my PhD. 3 years ago.

Spreading by Sofia Polkovenuk

Which sciences relate to your art practice?

In my artwork, I am inspired by nature, by the creatures I work with. Biology is the source of my creativity and new ideas.

An illustration of the structure of a fly's brain
blow your mind By Sofia Polkonuk

What materials do you use to create your artworks?

I mainly use pencil and watercolor. Because watercolor techniques are so versatile, I can play with other elements to create effects and different ways to blend colors.

illustration of a goldfish
Golden fish By Sofia Polkonuk

Artwork/exhibition you are most proud of:

Recently I got the opportunity to present my artwork in Pint of Science, creative responses, This was the first time I was showing my work in an exhibition, so I was very happy to see people’s reaction and to show this part of me.

An illustration titled "picture of a star"
picture of a star By Sofia Polkonuk

Which scientists and/or artists inspire you and/or influence you?

I have always been fascinated by naturalistic depictions such as those of Linnaeus and Darwin. I have always admired the level of detail, colors and idea of ​​visual communication behind his drawings and paintings.

Nowadays, scientists and medical illustrators show me the world of digital art. There are great examples of very talented illustrators that inspire me to learn more about this field.

illustration of an insect's wing
learning to fly by Sofia Polkonuk

ScienceArt is an emerging term related to the combination of art and science. How do you define it?

To me, ScienceArt refers to the use of artistic media, creativity, and visual tools to communicate science. This is the place where the beauty of the scientific world can be expressed and seen from a different perspective. Even though the term is new, I think artistic representation of science, at least for biology, was at its beginning, where observation and accurate representation of the living world was very important to describe and communicate discoveries.

For more from Sofia Polkovenuk, visit her InstagramAnd Linkedin,

featured image: female drosophila By Sofia Polkonuk
All images courtesy of the artist.

About the Author

Vrinda Nair

Vrinda Nair is a doctoral student and public scholar pursuing her PhD in Physics at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Currently, working on small molecule drug design applying deep learning. She also serves as treasurer of the Forum on Graduate Student Affairs (FGSA) at the American Physical Society. She is a published author-poet of three books, including two poetry books: It’s a Carnal World (physical book), Abuse (Kindle eBook) and a self-help book: Motivate Your Genes (Kindle eBook). There is also a record in Vrinda’s name in the India Book of Records for writing poems in alphabetical order. She writes on a variety of topics on her blog and designs multiple art forms. She is a freelancer who provides services like content writing, resume/CV editing, SOP, presentation making etc. She is also a certified professional life coach, instructional designer, artist and digital illustrator and is passionate about playing the violin. She actively supports many issues like women in STEM, supporting sci-fi artists and has worked with various organizations and provided volunteer services. She believes in living in enthusiasm.

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