I view art as a tool to understand the world around us. The sciences and humanities each look at the world through their own lens but don’t offer a way to synthesize a broader view of this existence. I believe art can be thought of as the master of all science. I use art to study and explore relationships between multiple fields of study. I have quite a considerable science background. I’ve made micro chips that regulate the electrical conductance of muscles, used lasers to measure bond lengths between individual atoms, and listened for weeks to the sound of a monkey’s neuron. My art is a part of my quest for knowledge.
I start a piece by comparing and contrasting several complex concepts. I strive to unify and simplify the mysteries of life. I use universal symbols to represent a pure existence beyond sociological bias. I work with geometric patterns found at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels to represent existence outside the human scale. I enjoy studying the nature of matter, light, and sound. Much of my work is inspired by modern physics and encompasses an artist’s view of string theory and a holographic reality. To understand the transfer of energy, I turn to philosophical questions that explore the relationship between thought and action. We all have an inner voice that cannot be properly translated into the generic language of words. I speak in paint to escape ideology. I wish to create outside of time, culture, and size. My paintings bridge the gap between abstract and surreal. I blur the lines between accident and occurrence, between chaos and order. Due to physical limitations, I’ve learned to embrace a style that encourages randomness and makes use of shaky lines and awkward curves. My brushstrokes are in constant motion to create a rhythm out of my weak and fatigued joints.
I believe the ultimate painting goal is to cultivate unrepeatable work, which evolves on a moment-to-moment basis, yet still embodies a single message. Sometimes my messages are deep and philosophical, made up of sacred truths. Other times these messages are in the form of question or even a joke. I use art as an opportunity to acknowledge our limitations of reason and to rethink our current understanding of reality. My art is inspired by the colors and shapes found in nature, the philosophy of a collective consciousness, and the theories of reality that unite science and soul. To be certain is not to know. The goal of my art is to make you smile and then smirk. I invite you to slow down and think. Take a moment to wonder why. Remember how tiny we are compared to the stars, and yet how big can be a single heart. Feel that we are all in this together and believe that every moment is as beautiful as you make it.
- Jasmine (2016)
Chasing Chaos is the final stage of my search for order in natural form. To step outside the human perspective, these paintings occupy a space which could theoretically be located at any time or any scale of existence. Patterns of light gradation construct form as the color spectrum is used to represent the root building blocks to dimensionality.
Through an exploratory process of deconstructing natural order, I discovered several root elements to the structures of nature. I studied these “bits” of truth and sought to use them as the building blocks from which my own creations could emerge. Through this work, I inevitably became what I would deem an obsessive collector of “universal code”.
From atoms to entire galaxies there is an inherent sense of visual familiarity in both the description of root elements and the processes by which these root elements combine and change over time. Information appears to organize itself in a predictive rhythmical manner. There is an oscillatory quality to the transformation and growth of structure over time. The probabilistic yet predictive aspects to these algorithms underlie all types of natural formative processes. The system can be described as the simultaneous pushing and pulling of these root elements through known algorithms of information processing.
The consistency of form implies that there is a strong sense of purpose and directionality in nature. However, for as long as there is uncertainty about whether or not the code actually represents information of an external source environment or if it is just a reflection of the system through which it is being observed by, then no specific meaning can be retracted from the pursuit of this study.
Discovery begins where the predictable patterns break down. Only a creator can play at the boundary of chaos and order. The extraordinary complexity and interactions of systems yields the appearance of chaos within consensus reality, but is this true randomness or is it simply an ignorance to the full set of facts. In all of the known universe, the human mind seems to be the most accurate portrayal of what could be deemed a chaos generator.
By pushing my collection of universal root elements through the “chaos generator” that is my mind I can choose to follow universal codes for pattern formation or to break the pattern. Within this choice, new worlds are born. Yet even within this attempted state of pushing complexity to the limits of meaning, there is still the reinstatement of a quality of sameness and a calling for me to reach even closer to the chasing of chaos. For if there is no absolute chaos, therein lies a great threat to the will. Even if all information could be known, I refuse to believe that the “I” is just another quantity. Wisdom states harmony between the seeking of order and the respect for the magic of chaos.
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