When art and science collide...

Artist Kate Harrison with some of her work which is on display at the Jesus Centre in Abington Square.

Artist Kate Harrison with some of her work which is on display at the Jesus Centre in Abington Square.

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Whichever person first said ‘art and science do not go together’ had clearly never met 27-year-old Kate Harrison.

While some may see the two disciplines as separate, artist Kate, from Rothwell, has used her latest mixed media exhibition to highlight the complexities and intricacies of the human brain.

Kate has always been interested in science, but her fascination with neuroscience was born out of a terrible snowboard injury she suffered in 2008 while training with the Great Britain Freestyle Snowboard team.

The accident led to her developing the chronic pain condition, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and the neurological physiotherapy she uses in her rehabilitation has, in turn, inspired her artwork.

Her latest exhibition, entitled Synapse, is currently on show at The Circle Gallery in the Jesus Centre, Northampton, where it will continue until July 28.

The display is made up of painting and drawing on silks and canvas, as well as photographs. In each piece bright colours and winding lines suggest the complex map of the brain.

Kate said: “I’m inspired by the neuro-transmitters and the working of the brain, not just to do with pain.

“I’m interested in the idea of the brain being an ever-changing landscape.” She continued: “A lot of artists look at art and science together,.

“There are a lot of galleries down in London just looking at art and science. It amazes me that scientists and neuroscientists still do not know much about the brain.

“They know why things happen but not what happens to do with the nerves in the brain or the pain systems.

There is a lot of serious research still being done.”

Kate’s work is available for sale in print or original form.

To find out more about her artwork log onto www.kateharrisonart.com