Lia Min works at the intersection of art and science, where her training as a neuroscientist informs her creative inquiry and her art expresses ideas and questions about the scientific enterprise. As a research fellow jointly sponsored by the Life Sciences Institute and the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design, she divides her time between the studio and lab, exploring the interplay of science and art and examining Western and Eastern approaches to understanding and knowledge.
In Project LIAison Progress Report, an exhibition on display from June 2 to 6 at the Life Sciences Institute, Min will show four recent works that illuminate different cognitive and emotional approaches to understand self and the world.
“I’m interested in how we use science to peek at the human mind,” Min said. “When scientists look at the brain they try to be objective and reductive and stay away from putting too much meaning. There is a lot to gain from that structural view, but because the subject of study can be so personal, we project all kinds of things, and I’m trying to look at that relationship through the work in this exhibit.”
Min graduated from the Stamps School of Art & Design in 2007 with a bachelor’s of fine arts from Stamps and a bachelor’s of science in biology. She obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard Medical School in 2012.
June 2 — 6, 9 am — 5 pm
Artist’s walk-through: 5 — 7 pm, Monday, June 2, and Thursday, June 5.
LSI Library (main floor)
Life Sciences Institute,
210 Washtenaw Avenue