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Peter Krsko listens to nature and creates objects and experiences to share his observations. His approach combines science and art; participatory, interactive and community arts; and play with hands-on education.
In 2006, while working on a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Materials Science, Krsko discovered a way to use a traditional scanning electron microscope as a focused electron beam lithography instrument, enabling him to create artwork viewable only with a microscope.
After receiving his degree, Krsko was awarded a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, where his interests expanded into medically-relevant biological communities, bacterial biofilms, bioinspired materials, colors and vision and the combination of science and art in order to develop unique lesson plans for young students. He continues providing educational services to schools, summer camps, after-school programs and correctional facilities today.
Krsko also creates collaborative and community public art, such as sculptures and murals, inspired by biological concepts of diversity, differentiation, participation and co-ownership. His sculptural installations mimic the structure and form of natural entities as well as the dynamics and laws of interactions among members of the ecosystems.
Krsko says his main goal with both Zoethica and his artwork in general is to spark curiosity. He notes that if people “develop a strong appreciation of nature [and] look around and question everything—spend some time with every little flower, with every stone on the ground, … [we learn] not to separate ourselves as humans from nature or to be above it.” Only then, he says, will we “appreciate nature and realize we are a really a small part [of it]—and that we don’t know enough about it.” - from The Nature of Art by Steven Potter