An art exhibition titled “Not Nature: New Photographic Works by Joe Rudko” will be on display through Monday, Nov. 7, in the lobby of the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMATE) building on the campus of Western Washington University, where he is a senior fine arts student.
Rudko completed the work last summer as the first Marine Sciences and the Arts intern at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) in Anacortes.
In “Not Nature,” Rudko uses photography to study everyday juxtapositions that give clues about human interactions with our physical environment. The work highlights “disruption in the landscape through human presence and intervention,” Rudko said.
He developed the work during his internship at Shannon Point alongside undergraduate Marine Sciences interns from around the country.
“The SPMC internship exposed me to the day-to-day workings of marine scientists and a field of study outside of my fine art experience,” he said.
The internship was initiated by SPMC Director and Professor Steve Sulkin as an experiment funded by SPMC in a collaboration across disciplines.
“Scientists need to communicate and see their research in a larger context,” said Sulkin, adding that by bringing a budding artist together with young scientists, the internship challenges students with different backgrounds to have a broader understanding of their work.