Skye Young earned a Master of Arts in Scientific Illustration from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Her published thesis was on illustrating beekeeper management for the hobby beekeeper and she hopes to continue raising awareness for pollinator health.
Additionally, she received her BFA in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a concentration in Scientific and Preparatory Medical Illustration and a minor in Biology.
She interned with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History under Alice Tangerini for Botanical Illustration where she illustrated a new species of bean, Sesbania marchionica that will be added to the museum's collections. Skye also worked with botanist Pedro Acevedo during her internship, restoring scans of 19th century botanical illustrations and preparing them for print, and post-internship with contract work preparing the original annotated text for re-print.
She has also done work with Maastricht University's MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine and participated in multiple shows highlighting the importance of scientific & medical illustration in the scientific community
Gestalt is defined as an organized whole that is perceived as more, or according to German psychologist Koffka, other than the sum of its parts. This psychological principle can be applied to both visual perception—a tool often used in design—and conceptual perception.
In design, gestalt is used to explain the way our mind groups objects in proximity, continues objects through negative space, and closes unfinished shapes. It also explains how we differentiate between figure (perceived object) and ground (apparent background context). These principles of proximity, continuity, closure, and figure-ground are heavily influenced by our understanding of positive and negative space.
These principles are not just limited to visual perception, but to how we understand concepts, theology, and literature. Without this ability to recognize the implied, connect themes and imagery, and compare ideas, we would have a difficult time learning.
Jesus can be seen throughout the Bible in metaphors and implied word. But Jesus is also proclaimed vibrantly through prophecy and his brief time on earth. Hidden and woven throughout the story of the universe is the promise of a savior, and the giver of life. He is the continuity between the Old and New Testaments. He is both the object of our focus and the context of our lives.
The gestalt theory is also an interesting lens through which to view the Trinity. Three parts, individually great and powerful, that together are one inextricably connected and omniscient, omnipresent being. Perichoresis is a term used to describe the relationship between God, the Holy Spirit, and Christ within and of the trinity. It is derived from the Greek and has been defined Christologically to mean the unity of three natures together in one. That includes a permeation between that which is homosubstantial (of the same substance) and heterogeneous (of diverse character). However, because of Christ there is also permeation of the heterosubstantial and the heterogeneous. Stamatović proposes in his research, The Meaning of Perichoresis, that there is perichoresis between the Trinitarian God and His creation, together with man and the entire Nature, adding that, “one should have in mind here that the permeation of divine and human nature in one and the same person implies that that person is divine even in its human aspect.” Christ can be seen as the unification and intersection of the divine and the earthly, bringing heaven to earth.
Sometimes it’s hard to recognize the value we have in our lives when we are so focused on our day-to-day activities. However, what makes our lives valuable here on earth, is relationship and connectedness with other humans--web of lives and interactions shaping us and giving us purpose. We are the more than the sum of the events in our lives.
Gallery Edit’s interactive piece invited visitors to map their journey with the yarn color which corresponds to their age group, beginning wherever they saw fit. Each of their life's journeys became one complete piece that meant so much more. We are connected by our shared experiences and when we remember that we are greater together than individually, we are strong. We all reflect the glory of our Creator, bound together by love and a shared identity in Christ.
The True Vine
Mixed Media, 2019
Skye Young: Scientific & Medical Illustration
12x12" gesso and paint on wood panel and wall space
In John 15, Jesus proclaims himself to be the “true vine” and his followers branches from the vine, meant to bear good fruit. Bearing fruit requires a connection to the life-giving vine. But bearing good fruit requires patience, growth, time, and energy.
I hope to bear fruit that is good.
Mixed media on two 8” x 8” wood panels
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
As humans our faith may be small, but it transcends our finite existence and directs us toward the infinite depth of love and promise from our Creator. It is with that faith that we can grow, flourish, and propagate. We can experience God’s kingdom on earth. In Luke, Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a mustard seed— durable, small—which grows beyond normal capacity into a tree, worthy and capable of sheltering and caring for others.
(Stamatović, Slobodan. (2016). The Meaning of Perichoresis. Open Theology. 2. 10.1515/opth-2016-0026.)
On December 3, the resident artists of Gallery Edit enjoyed an opening reception for their show, “Seek. Listen. Wonder.” at West End Assembly of God in Richmond. Over the past year, the art team at Edit has been offering assistance to the art team at WEAG to help them learn the ropes of gallery operations for their new space.
This was a fun opportunity for the team at Edit to show their work and they look forward to working with WEAG in the future. Below is the gallery statement that hung alongside the artwork.
Seek. Listen. Wonder.
Observation is the most important skill all artists have. There are things to be seen not with our eyes, but with our heart, and our mind, and our spirit. The artist can capture and communicate a mood or a feeling, or an idea that is at the same time as big as a mountain and as small as a grain of sand. By observing, listening, and quieting their own internal dialog, the artist can see beyond what’s in front of them and hear what’s behind the words. Artists can sometimes see the unseen things of faith and wonder and communicate them in a tangible way, bringing themselves and their viewers a little bit closer to worlds unknown. The Russian philosopher, Nikolai Berdyaev said, “Creative experience foreshadows a new Heaven and a new Earth.”
This show is a collection of work of five resident artists from Gallery Edit in Richmond, VA. Their work spans several disciplines, perspectives, and lexicons of life experiences, but they are all seers of life and listeners of God. Each artist is seeking to communicate truths that may be limited by language but have no limits in their imagination. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
This time of year is a celebration for all of Christendom. Our long-promised savior was born. The seers of this event were not the educated religious elite. In the Old Testament it was the prophets who saw the coming of Christ. The prophets were the unpopular truth-tellers who were on the margins of society. And in Jesus’ day, it was the blue-collared shepherds and the angels who attended the greatest birthday in the history of mankind. They were the quiet listeners, the obedient followers, and the faithful wonderers.
In this show, we invite you to become seers of the artists’ wonder and interpreters of their language. As you view the art, you are invited to not only look with your eyes, but also with your heart, and your spirit. Enter in to the space each artist has created and offered to you. It’s an invitation into quiet conversations with the Creator.
The first week of November, two of our Richmond staff members and one of our internship graduates traveled to the Middle East for a pop-up art show event. They came to support a long-term field worker and another internship graduate who are building a long-term outreach through the arts. Because God often pursues people in the Middle East through dreams and visions, our Middle East team members decided to curate a pop-up art gallery themed arounddreams. This encompasses the dreams that we have as hope for our future and the ones we have at night. I created one piece that travelled with this exhibit, called "Into the Depths".
As in previous art events, the “Dreams” exhibition facilitated excellent communication across cultural boundaries. Staff members at the cafe where we hosted the first event expressed their happiness at our presence there. We saw new and old friends, and people were blessed by small pieces of prophetic art we created for them. A second opening of the exhibition in another city garnered even greater community participation. We invited local artists to submit their own work relating to dreams, and their presence among us made for rich conversation. Many people stayed for both nights of the exhibition in that city as a beautiful time was had by all.
The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is a leading association of scientific illustrators and visualizers. The Guild was founded in 1968 by illustrators at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the world’s most visited natural history museum and home to the largest museum collections of natural science and human culture. Today, GNSI represents leading artists and communicators from diverse scientific disciplines around the world. Each year, in conjunction with the Guild’s annual conference, GNSI holds an international member’s exhibition to celebrate the beauty and wonder of scientific illustration. The juried exhibits showcase the very best work from emerging and professional scientific illustrators and visualizers.
2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Guild. In celebration, the 2018 public exhibition will guide visitors along a visually striking journey that uncovers the intertwined history and evolution of art and science, showcases the amazing diversity of our natural world, explores how illustration and visualization has helped to understand and convey complex science, and highlights how innovative new technologies and approaches are helping to evolve scientific illustration.The exhibition will be on public display over the course of three months at the prestigious art gallery of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society, in their headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C.
The 50th Anniversary Guild of Natural Science Special Exhibition will take the visitor through the beginnings of modern science and science’s inseparable connections with art, through to present-day scientific knowledge and represented by the evolving art of scientific illustration and visualization.
I had three pieces accepted into this exhibition!
We can encounter the ultimate wonder of our Divine Maker when we experience the grace and forgiveness that He offers freely and abundantly.
In this May’s exhibition, Gallery Edit was pleased to feature artists who have all responded to the theme of Wonder, and share their visual representations of their experiences with these encounters. As demonstrated in the variety of media, subject matter, and styles of these works, each person’s response to wonder and awe are as different as each individual. However, every one of the selected works is a response that springs forth in reverence.
I submitted a piece called “A Prayer of Perseverance”
"The world around us is filled with intricate and balanced relationships that reveal our Creator’s attention to detail. Symbiotic beings, with their complex physiological processes, communicate and work in partnership to help one another thrive and reproduce. These interactions happen both secretly and in plain sight, like the relationship between a plant and her pollinators. The magnolia is an ancient genus of flowering plant and a symbol of endurance in botanical history, weathering global climate and geological changes since the beginning of time. Despite being self-fertile, magnolias have thrived since creation because of their pollinator relationships. I believe God has also designed us to be in community, and in healthy symbiosis with one another."
This exhibit, curated by Sarah Faris, features the work of 16 students and alumni of the Department of Communication Art's scientific and preparatory medical illustration track, which requires a rigorous set of science courses hosted by the Department of Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences and VCU Life Sciences in addition to their art courses.