As a society, we have come to recognize menace everywhere. It seems as if we have come to conceptualize our own nature through a perpetual state of unease and fear, or more accurately, through the ability to protect ourselves from whatever threat we perceive to be looming. Fear and its byproduct anxiety seem to be ever-present in ways that affect us like never before.
Automata/ Infection Series
In these two series, I reveal, conceal and distort the structures of biological infective agents. I am interested in these agents as systems that exist to replicate coded information in the struggle for their own reproduction and survival.
My process consists of flattening, deconstructing and re-arranging the complex structures of viruses, cancer cells and bacteria. In the final drawings, active systems remain, but become distorted fictions. I use embellishments and indulgent mediums such as vibrant color, pearlescent ink and metal leaf. The images end up too far removed to signify anything scientific--instead they become something both entirely different and entirely absurd.
In Precautionary Measures, individuals wear protective clothing in an environment that contains no discernable hazard. I incorporate cut-out or gold leaf floral shapes of plants that have varying degrees of toxicity to humans. Victorian artists used many of these as symbols of impending doom, but here in this grey space danger manifests in an unrealized form. Flowers in this context signal possibilities, not inevitabilities. The figures seem hyper-vigilant in their preparedness in this context—donning PPE’s, medical masks, space suits and other shielding garments. Compositionaly, they occupy the middle of the paper and allude to certain characters from absurdist theatre who have an obsessive need to always return to center stage. They seem to exist frozen in an unceasing state of readiness for perils that many never come. In the end, they are isolated and alone; away from the true comfort that the presence of others can offer.