Photo by Alexander Young (Apr 2019)
Hello, I'm Colleen!
Who am I?
I am a visual artist currently finishing a Masters of Biomedical Communications (MScBMC) at the University of Toronto. I love coming up with creative and fun ways to visually communicate abstract concepts and tell stories. Besides scientific visualization, I also enjoy live theater, video games, dance, and creating music.
I completed an Honours Bachelor of Science at McMaster University majoring in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (Mental Health specialization) where I fostered my passion for art, science, and education by seeking out unique opportunities in research, teaching, and student success in which I could combine art and science Through these experiences I recognized the importance of clear communication and good storytelling in both scientific and non-scientific contexts, and that I personally want to help the community at large by telling stories and helping others tell their own.
What are my long-term goals?
I would love to be involved with projects related to student/ patient education, interactive media and game design, and/or mental health but am open to all challenges and opportunities to grow from—including non-scientific projects. I am also interested in projects with opportunities to increase the representation of minority groups in media.
Why are your pen names "Colspleen" and "2b_tp"?
"Colspleen" is an anatomical pun on my name "Colleen" that was a nickname given to me by some dear friends while I was completing my undergraduate degree; I thought it was very fitting since I am pursuing biomedical art, I love puns, and never want to forget where I came from.
"2b" refers to 2B pencils—usually what I have on hand when I'm out and about sketching for fun—and "tp" are the initials of my last name: "Tang Poy". It is also a Shakespeare reference—"To be or not to be"—since I love theatre. Besides puns and references, I find alliteration amusing and awesome.