As scientific research develops synthetic biology, the very definition of life becomes more elusive. I contemplate this paradigm shift by creating paintings that are an imagined view of a “new natural” world.
When engaged in the painting process, I envision an artificial world that is fluid, bodily, cellular, and chemical, expressing its own laws of physics. Organic forms such as fungi and microscopic marine life inspire my imagery as do geologic processes like lava flow. Like these, my process is a dance, moving between control and chance. I begin with an ink drawing. As it’s applied, I coax the ink across the paper’s surface, corralling, halting spread, and encouraging its direction. Shapes morph into tendrils or bloom and disperse. Through my physical gestures and the fluidity of the ink, I aim to create a frozen moment in the process of becoming.
This work evokes contradictions: the paradox of chaos and order; the simultaneity of flatness and depth; and the illusion of movement within a still image. There is no logical reading of these paintings. They are a mirror of the mysterious questions that define our changing relationship with the natural world.