Pippa Young has created a new series of drawings in response to recent comments by Tim Hunt, Nobel Prize Winning Scientist.
''Let me tell you about my trouble with girls, three things happen when they are in the lab: You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry.'' - Tim Hunt 2015
The comment caused the twitter hashtag #distractinglysexy to start trending as female scientists posted pictures of themselves in the lab.
Pippa Young has created this new series of drawings which she has named 'Taking a break from crying and falling in love' in response to Tim's comments. The work is a series of twelve portraits of women scientists who have achieved extraordinary things despite the social attitudes of their time.
''Attempting to make their likeness has been an act of remembering – retrieving them from the dusty corners of scientific memory. Silverpoint seemed an appropriate medium as, despite appearing ‘slight’ and ‘delicate’, it is unforgiving, cannot be erased and, over time, the appearance alters. I suspect it is unlikely that any of the women represented here, spent much time in the lab ‘crying’ or ‘falling in love’.''
Portraits include Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) who became a pioneer in the field of x-ray crystallography and went on to win a nobel prize in 1964. Marie Curie(1867-1934); the only woman to receive two nobel prizes is multiple disciplines, Mary Sherman Mogan (1921-2004), credited with the invention of Hydyne and Grace Hopper (1906-1992), inventor of computer programming languages.
This series will be exhibited as part of Pippa's forthcoming solo exhibition 'A Shifting Uncertainty - Drawings' which opens on October 15th.
- dorothy hodgkin 1910-1994 dorothy hodgkin 1910-1994
- hedy lamarr 1914-2000 hedy lamarr 1914-2000
- marie curie 1867-1934 marie curie 1867-1934
- mary somerville 1780-1872 mary somerville 1780-1872
- grace hopper 1906-1992 grace hopper 1906-1992
- cecillia payne-gaposchkin 1900-1979 cecillia payne-gaposchkin 1900-1979
- ada lovelace 1815-1852 ada lovelace 1815-1852
- marie tharp 1920-2006 marie tharp 1920-2006
- jocelyn bell burnell b.1943 jocelyn bell burnell b.1943
- rosalyn franklyn 1920-1958 rosalyn franklyn 1920-1958
- lise meitner 1878-1968 lise meitner 1878-1968
- mary sherman mogan mary sherman mogan