Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.
Episode 12: Paano Naililigtas Ng Siyensiya Ang Sining At Kultura?
A big part of why I love science is the fact that it makes so many cool things possible. Like vaccines, for example. Or cars, or cellphones, or refrigerators (which are literally cool), or the Internet, or how you’re listening to my recorded voice right now, as I yammer on about how awesome science is. The field of conserving and restoring works of art — which is, in many ways, the process of saving culture and history — is another example. After all, what is art conservation, if not science and creativity persevering?
Our guest on today’s show is Gracile Celine Roxas, a Licensed Chemist who works under the Conservation Division of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. She combines her knowledge of chemistry and passion for art in her work, such as when she conducted a scientific analysis of pigments in 20th century paintings for some of Bohol’s historical churches.
We talked about applying the scientific method in conserving and restoring old works of art, why the Philippines needs more art conservators, the typical challenges of working in the field of art conservation and restoration, how chemistry knowledge can help artists improve their craft, why STEM should actually be STEAM, and more.
Listen to Ask Theory Episode 012: Paano Naililigtas ng Siyensiya Ang Sining At Kultura? here:
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