Willa Downing

Willa_DowningMay 7, 2015
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Art and science aren’t usually close companions. However, Surrey resident Willa Downing has made a career out of both. On Thursday, May 7 at 7:30pm as part of the Thursday Artist Talk series at the Surrey Art Gallery, you’ll discover how she tackles the intriguing dialogue between the two fields. She says, “Although different, art and science share some characteristics. Both use abstract models to understand the world. Both seek to create works with universal meaning. Both are creative: a sense of wonder opens up new possibilities for the imagination, new geographies for the creative process.” Illustrated with slides and a portfolio of drawings, Downing will discuss her recent body of work that ranges from “wilderness survival skills” to the dialogue in Pride and Prejudice.

With a PhD in biochemistry from the University of British Columbia, Willa has worked in plant research in Canada and abroad. Her scientific work has been published in several international, peer-reviewed journals. Also devoted to making art, Willa has a diploma in painting and drawing from the Emily Carr College (now University) of Art + Design. Inspired by revelations, made by science, of the intricacies and beauty of nature, her work examines wonders of nature in the microscopic and macroscopic. Willa’s work has been exhibited in Metro Vancouver and Victoria. Willa now lives and works in Surrey BC. For more information about her work, visit Willa’s website: www.willadowning.ca

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9pm. Refreshments are provided.
This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.