Organic abstraction, an amalgam of the natural and the synthetic, describes the focus of my ink paintings and painting collages. My art practice is motivated by a curiosity about nature and science and experimentation with painting and drawing media. I am fascinated by the question, “What is the nature of life”. As scientific research encroaches ever closer to the development of artificial life (synthetic biology), the very definition of life becomes more elusive. I grapple with this question by creating paintings that are an imagined view of artificial biology or the “new natural”.
As I paint, I envision a fluid, bodily, cellular, or chemical world embodying its own rules and physics. Organic forms and biological processes inspire my ink painting compositions. I start by coaxing drawn ink to move across the paper’s surface. By corralling, halting spread, and encouraging direction, I push the ink into tendrils that morph into odd, though familiar shapes that bloom and disperse. Through my physical gestures and the fluidity of the ink, I aim to create a sense of pulse and movement in my paintings.
My work suggests paradox, simultaneity, and illusion: the paradox that living things can embody synthetic elements, the simultaneity of flatness and depth within a two-dimensional picture, and the illusion of movement within a still image. There is no logical reading of these paintings. They are an imaginative mirroring of the mysterious questions that define our relationship with the natural world.