Organic abstractions, an amalgam of the natural and the synthetic, best describes my hyper-color ink paintings and 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, chemical world embodying its own rules and physics. My ink painting and collage composition are inspired by natural forms such as fungi, marine life, and astronomical objects like nebulae. 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 vaguely familiar, organic shapes that bloom, dissolve, and disperse. Through my own physical gestures and the fluidity of the ink, I create a sense of pulse and movement in my paintings.
My paintings suggest 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 constantly shifting, mysterious questions that define our relationship with the natural world.