In March 2020, infectious disease researcher Natalie Vestin began painting Dala horses to deal with the complexity and sadness of seeing so much COVID-19 data every day. The rosemaling and dalamålning strokes on the horses became a way to represent data on infection rates, clinical signs and symptoms, and the changes that quickly affected everyone's day-to-day lives. During this presentation, Natalie will talk about how she's adapted a folk-art technique to respond to a current event, discuss her process and personal relationship with art and science, and offer insight into her "data horses" and what they can teach us about the power of folk art to make meaning of our lives during a pandemic.
Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: Register here. You will receive an email with a Zoom link for the program.
Natalie Vestin is a writer, artist, and infectious disease researcher from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her essays and art have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. With E.A. Farro, she is the co-creator of "Science Love Letters," a multidisciplinary art and postcard-writing project that explores how being a scientist is like always writing a love letter. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Kasini House and Tulane University Special Collections Pandemic Artist Lab, the Light Grey Art Lab Norway Residency, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Collegeville Institute. She works in research on antimicrobial resistance at the University of Minnesota, and she has been studying rosemaling, primarily with Julie Anderson in Saint Paul, for nearly four years.