Stretching Boundaries: Nuclear Physics & Fine Arts

By Nicole Jacquard.

Published by The Design Collection

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The Indiana University Cyclotron Facility (IUCF) is one of the largest scientific facilities in Indiana and has developed great technical expertise in a variety of disciplines. As Dr. Sokol became the new director of IUCF one of his goals was to foster collaborations with departments throughout the IU Bloomington campus. A particularly exciting prospect was to apply IUCF’s technical expertise in the area of fine arts and support my personal research into 3D Color Rapid Prototyping. Recently finishing up my PhD in Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Melbourne, Australia, where my doctoral work focused on how the computer can be implemented into my art practice, I found that individuals and institutions are at the beginning of researching and implementing how the computer can successfully be adapted into the studio arts. The audience for my recent collaboration, research, and body of work has been the scientific community through the adaptation of an unknown methodology into a scientific lab, all of the studio crafts, fine arts, and areas of design. The work has been exhibited in local, national, and international exhibitions and I have presented several talks throughout the country and overseas. My research and collaboration has also fostered discussions centered on the questions of; technology and its placement within fine arts, the role and transition of the handmade object when new technologies are employed, the amalgamation of traditional and new materials and the idea of mass customization rather than mass production.

Keywords: Rapid Prototyping, Fine Arts, Sculpture, 3-D Color Printing, Z Corporation, Art, Innovative Technology

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.031MB).

Dr. Nicole Jacquard

Assistant Professor, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Foundations, Sculpture, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Nicole received a BA from Indiana University, her first MFA from the University of Michigan and her second MFA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University while on a Fulbright Scholarship in Melbourne, Australia. In 2004 Nicole finished her Ph.D. in Fine Arts at RMIT University with a focus on how the computer can be implemented into a contemporary art practice. She has exhibited, lectured on her work and presented papers at conferences throughout the USA, Europe, and Australia. Her current body of work investigates the container, ornamentation, the souvenir, memory, longing, and nostalgia associated with the collection of personal objects. The work focuses on how ordinary everyday objects such as cups, vases, spoons, toys and other collectables transcend the mundane through the association of memory thus becoming personal and precious.


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