Unus Mundus® Art by Jasmine Raskas | contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
I work with paint, assemblage, sculpture, sound and video to explore natural patterns of form, growth, and connectivity, the ways in which information tends to organize itself in a self-similar, scale invariant, fractal like manner. For example, similar branching patterns are found in the distribution of rivers, networks of neurons, the strike of lightening, and the growth of a tree. I’m fascinated by the mathematical rules that govern the emergence of physical structures and information based systems including the Mandelbrot set, Lindenmayer systems, and Laplacian growth. These patterns reoccur at all different levels of scale.This matters to me because of how it relates to questions about the point at which some systems are declared to be intelligent or conscious and the deep interconnectedness of all parts and particles.
My work is informed by my education in the fields of medicine, neuroscience, and biotechnology. I’ve always been insatiably curious and I create as a way of processing my thoughts. I collect files on everything from biological imagery, ancient rituals, futuristic technology, quantum mechanics, hieroglyphs and astronomy. Out of this chaos comes a pattern. Rather than researching a specific, predetermined idea, I gather up collections of materials and allow for concepts to emerge organically. I make work in collaboration with what’s around me. I release control over outcomes and allow the unconscious to lead the way. As I make, I embody the mindset of an alien observer, stepping outside the human vantage point to occupy a timeless, scaleless, culture-less existence.
My images are purposefully ambiguous, but simultaneously representational of objective forms and systems found in the natural world. Elements often represent more than one structure at more than one scale of existence. For example, a single element may simultaneously represent a plant and a neuron. In bringing together elements from the most microscopic and macroscopic scales of life, I create images that read like sets of Russian nesting dolls, worlds within worlds. I work with color gradation as a way of indicating the holographic quality to material things and use color as a way of representing electromagnetic communication across time and space. I’m interested in the wiggle room between the abstract and representational, accident and occurrence, chaos and order. In the same sense that a tree predictably grows from an acorn, but never branches identically to its neighbor, I intend to cultivate completely unrepeatable work, which evolves on a moment-to-moment basis, yet still embodies a global sense of deterministic order. I’m fascinated by strange attractors and Wolfram's rule 30, how far I can push the familiar before it slips into chaos and to what extent I can repeat a form before it becomes inherently predictable.
I’m particularly interested in the point at which we define and label life and how this distinction relates to our futuristic relationships with organic machines. My work gives animistic qualities to a multitude of forms exploring the crossroads at which intelligent systems can alternatively be defined as sentient creatures. In my world, everything is an entity.
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