Elements of Expression

In this episode we learn about how the mass production of oil paints spawned a new artistic movement.

Episode 114 | February 4, 2011

Episode 114: Elements of Expression by Distillations Podcast

Today’s episode draws its inspiration from CHF’s museum exhibit, Elemental Matters: Artists Imagine Chemistry, which explores the elements on the periodic table through artistic media. We also bridge the gap between art and science with a look at the history of oil paints and how their mass manufacture helped to launch the Impressionist movement. Next, producer Ashley Milne-Tyte tours the studio of Dove Bradshaw, an artist whose work is featured in Elemental Matters.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction: Elemental Matters
01:43 The Evolution of Oil Paints
04:21 Interview with Dove Bradshaw
11:27 Closing Credits


Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley. Additional music includes “Gymnopedie by Satie,” performed by Brunswick Duo, “Spring Song by Bridge” performed by Brunswick Duo, and “Heart-Shaped Bodybag,” by Jeremy Jacobs. This episode also features “Elements as Tone: Sulfur,” by Susan Alexjander, and “A Nywe Werke,” by Alleluia.

This week’s image is Dove Bradshaw’s Song of Which (Evelina kneeling, looking left). It is on display in the exhibit Elemental Matters.