E-Squared is a quarterly print magazine that draws from both science + art and is the embodiment of this synergy. Operated by both artists and scientists Emma Lou and Edison Ilan, E-Squared sets out to present new and ground-breaking ideas developed by artists, scientists, engineers, and the like. By blending art and science, we seek to generate questions, creative thought, experimentation, collaboration, and innovation with the hope of sparking real social and cultural change. Works are accepted from individuals as well as groups.
founder / editor-in-chief:
Emma Lou is an artist and scientist who has been published in various journals for research regarding species of conservation concern. She has collected species in new geographic ranges last documented in the 1800’s and has improved upon and invented new sexing techniques for turtles. Emma has spent the last seven years teaching at various colleges fusing art and science in her own curriculum and serves as college course coordinator implementing STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). In 2015, she completed a natural science illustration program at Rhode Island School of Design and painted the Turtles of Rhode Island for the Roger Williams Park Zoo.
Edison Ilan is an artist, writer, musician, and computer scientist. He is most well-known for his prolific paintings that combine realistic, often interactive figures painted over more colorful, expressive underpaintings. His work can be found in public as well as private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
“Ultimately, if we want to move the present, we must establish those who affect the future. To reevaluate the function of art (for individuals and movements) is not enough. There must be an understanding of art evolution. Art evolution is not about revolution (radical change); it concerns all that we have established while thinking differently about why we have established. A general need for art has ‘evolved’ without a consistent need for its effect. In other words, we desire a ‘piece’ of art to fulfill a visual need more than we need art to assist our character; our emotions, morals, origins, and purpose of being. To most, art is an optical product meant to be ‘looked at’ and interpreted. It is fashion. It is decor. The function of art, however, is a function of humanity.”