What is science-based art?
Since 2014, Lee has been creating and developing a series of science-based artwork, called “Cosmos”, that he has been using to introduce science concepts in astronomy, planetary science, and even astrophysics, to audiences both young and old. “I realized that I was combining art and science in such a way that I could help people nurture an interest in science through viewing my art. "
"My technique of mixed media, where I include materials from nature (like beach sand and seashells, diamond dust, meteorite fragments, and meteorite dust), give my work a rich texture, but also provide talking points for the science behind my work. The artist talks and docent tours of my Cosmos series have enhanced that connection even more."
"When I first saw the awe in one boy’s face as he held a 4.5 billion year old meteorite fragment that I had just put into his hand, I knew I was onto something! I am realizing more and more how much my art has the potential to spark an interest in science for people."
"I am now developing ways to integrate my artwork with STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), and exploring how my artwork can help further those the goals of those programs.”