My art is an exploration of the intersection of art and physics. When I began my journey as an artist, I intended to double major. This idea was met with delight by the physics department but was quickly scuttled by the fine arts department. As a result, I attained a BFA in fine art and moved on with my career. Recently, the rise of free online education has enabled me to learn all of the content available to a physics major without the cost. I have a plan I am working through which is based on the CalTech BS in Astrophysics. At this time, I am just over half way through the coursework.
I have included in this submission a sample from each of my 2 current major subjects and an additional illustration example.
The first is a bicycle multimedia series where I am working with found paper, acrylic paint and India ink, with each painting following the same set of steps to achieve cohesion as a group. Since I am formally trained in painting, illustration and graphic design, I involve each discipline in these works. I draft the bicycle shapes at full or close-to-full scale, considering the most important elements of each bicycle. The application of paint, collage and India ink are used to create depth within the frame and tire elements as well as to show the motion of moving parts. Art is geometry, bicycles are physics, the visual and the physical make up our human experience.
Second is my astronomical series. Consisting only of acrylic paint on canvas, I am working to represent both numerical data (gathered from spectroscopy and academic papers) and photographic data that is coming in from the various satellites, rovers, explorers and telescopes that are publicly available to me. This series is the less formal of the two in that there is little planning. For example, I may read an article about Mars and decide to look at data and photos and make an image. The paintings are held together loosely by technique but more tightly by the concept that we are engulfed in a universe that is bounded, infinite, terrifying and beautiful all at once.
I am, perhaps, common among entrants to this competition in that I have read “A Brief History of Time.” I am also probably unremarkable in my passion for both art and mathematics but I am excited to participate in an event with artists that share my interests.