It’s really an investigation of essence prior to existence, which means that there is the
existence of you and me, of objects that we make, even songs and phenomena that we create,
but I believe that the essence of those things are already in existence before we are and
that we as natural human beings, we uncover these things, and I call them archetypes.
The best example I think of these is a song.
A decent song is something that we can’t get out of our heads sometimes which is that it
speaks to us, and for me a decent song brings on a transcendence, and perhaps healing.
So I like to thing of my work is physical objects, almost like physical songs.
They are familiar and they might provide a platform for people to transcend and perhaps
I’m an object maker, you know, I make physical things so I cut paper
with a laser, I use a CNC laser that actually removes negative space in a composition and
then I stack these layers of cut paper and create this overall composition that’s really
So I work in layers and I start from my sketchbook, and I draw these compositions that are based
on fractals that, they’re really something that we all are familiar with yet perhaps
we’ve never seen.
I’m very old school.
I draw every curve, I make every decision on how this paper is gonna layer, conceal
or reveal color.
So in that, it’s, it’s a slow process and it’s a very meditative process.
So I’m so happy to have the work out in the world, especially in a public space like an
embassy, that’s wonderful.
It took about a month to make and it was made with about four other um compositions, and
they were all based on atoms.
I was working with a team of scientists at Virginia Tech and we were charged with the
investigation of chromatin architecture.
My colleagues, this is their field, and they brought in an artist because their scientific
research is steeped in complexity and a lot of theory, a lot of the unknown.
And they thought it would be interesting to bring an artist onboard who also works with
complexity and to a certain degree the unknown.
And it was super fun because I was the creative person in the room so speaking with a biophysicist
most of the conversation is way over my head but I could ask some very obvious questions
about physical structures and theories about how chromatin of a DNA functions and why there
is a dynamic response to any number of environmental influences.
So the artwork that I created from that series, it led to some interesting fractals that were
taken from DNA, both from human DNA and fruit fly DNA.
People ask me, you know, where do you get the patience to do what you do, and its its
truly about it’s like I’m an archeologist you know, I’m uncovering something that seems
like it needs to be in the world and that gets me excited, so you know I go to the ends
of the earth to make these things happen, and it happens to work right now with tools
such as a laser and a computer but really it’s about trying to get these compositions
looking the way I think they’re supposed to be in