I wanted to share a bit of my creative process and thinking here. This mixed media piece, "(Quantum) Entanglement Theory," provides an example of what I'm up to in the dark (and lighter) recesses of mind and studio on any given day...
I have been fascinated with quantum physics for some time and worked on a documentary for PBS, "The Fabric of the Cosmos." I struggle with trying to picture the processes of particals and space. In this work, I attempt to better comprehend entanglement theory. It made me ponder how we might measure relationships and disconnection...
To begin, I create a tableau using the chosen models...Here it is Japanese eggplants encoupled in a sort of Japanese bondage scenario.
This piece is around nine feet tall so I use a piece of charcoal taped to a stick in order to block in a gestural underdrawing (and not have to use the ladder).
A little further along (and many trips up and down the ladder!). The "models" are off to the right and have been slowly decaying for a few days by now.
Here I am using an eggplant to "paint" with. I tried making my own pigment with the skin but it didn't work so i just said, "To Hell with it," and used the actual eggplant.
And here is the finished work, 108"h x 51"w, charcoal, eggplant and oil paint on Arches Oil paper.
Ah, but what of my patient, entangled couples?
(I keep all of my models is some state of "tribute" after they have finished their use.)
Remember Schrodinger's Cat? Well, here's my ode to that great, perplexing question and state of being..."Schrodinger's Eggplant."
(Mason jar, canvas, rope and, presumably, eggplants)