Making Mathemalchemy

Mathemalchemy is a unique and collaborative art exhibit exploring the beauty of mathematics. Listen to the art and science behind the exhibit with mathematician Ingrid Daubechies and artist Dominique Ehrmann.

Ingrid Daubechies is a mathematician at Duke University, although her degree is in (theoretical) physics, and she thought she would become an engineer while growing up. Her academic work focuses on mathematical methods for the analysis of signals, images, and data, with applications in many directions. She enjoys working in collaboration with others, in her scientific work as well as otherwise; she is thrilled to be part of the Mathemalchemy team.

Dominique Ehrmann is a self-taught fiber and other media artist. Quilting is the medium she uses to tell most of her stories. She knows the rules, patterns, and techniques and uses them as a means to transport, express, touch, and reinvent. First, a story emerges and then it starts building up, taking shape, growing in the three dimensions. She assembles it in her head, designs it to the last detail, and once ready, she turns it into a sketch. Sketches become paper models, who then become patterns, she pushes back all limits and frontiers. Her artwork plays with the wind, defies gravity, and invites exploration and interaction. Her work has been seen in exhibits in Canada, France, and the USA. She is recognized for having ‘rocked the boat’ in the quilting world.

Seating is limited, pre-registration is required! Please RSVP below. The event is included with general museum admission.

Updated March 31st, 2023: Registration for this event is now sold out. Please join us at 3:30pm on Saturday, April 1st in the museum for a reception with the speakers and special guests.