Excited to work with @aandpiano again! This time for some EPs that are on their way. More when they drop!
COMPOUND RASTER NO. 1 . The Compound Raster Collection is serially numbered and comments heavily on the scientific process. Specifically these pieces tell of repetition, careful thought and design to tell a story. The overlapping portions reference the connections between thoughts and experiments required to move a scientific story forward, or any project really- as well as directly references the structure and overall quality of linear polarizers of light when rotated and overlapped.
I'm not big into gold and diamonds. Unless the diamonds are cutting 100 nanometer sections of biological specimens...which look gold! . Here's what I've been up to in the lab lately: I've been on the hunt for a specific tissue in a chunk of flatworm. I cut a few sections of flatworm embedded in plastic, the sections float on the water bath, I pick them up, then put the sections on a slide, quick stain and slap it under the scope to see where I'm at. It's a little repetitive but when you find what you are hunting for it's pretty great (which I did on Monday!). . So why are these sections gold? The same reason soap bubbles and coatings on glasses can sometimes look rainbow colored: structural color. Stay tuned for another post about how that works.
Sometimes naming a work is hard. This time it really, really was not. . One and Another is exactly about just that people and place people and people a relationship and a place . A big thanks to @crispribarelyknowher for the opportunity to make this for @bung3r. It was SO great to get to know y'all and Madison through this piece . Swipe to see what @crispribarelyknowher had to say about working with me. Looking to book a commission? Visit my website (link in bio) to get the process started!
Here's one of the standbys. When I'm doing a commission that uses random diffusion of ink in water, I give clients three pieces to choose from. Why three? You never know what someone will see in a piece that I don’t see. I can’t take ink out, but modify? Yes. (And we did!). . I get around unfixable areas by having multiple pieces to move forward at each step of the process, which allows for some choice, too, on the client side. Working with multiple sheets at a time also lets me try out a technique or idea on one of the less promising pieces, and then, if it works out well, I can apply it to the front runner. I also can (and do!) tweak the overall mood, by adding ink and line work. This particular standby ended on a somber note, and evoking more of a nighttime moodiness than the final piece.
When I first started this piece, the pathway was planned to be less detailed. But then while I was working on the minimal line work in the sky, that path kept tapping me on the shoulder saying, You know what needs to happen here right? Why are you fighting it? So I did it. And it makes the piece. I like it when chatty spots jump out and let me know they need attention.
At (weekend) work! @linda.misiura caught me working on the first part (ink washes) of @crispribarelyknowher and @bung3r 's commission : One and Another.
I like solving problems and a commission is the very best problem to have. This is my most recent commission this past fall in progress: One and Another. . This past fall Liz, @crispribarelyknowher reached out to me for a commission that ended up to be an excellent problem solving adventure. She had reached out after seeing Kansas and the message that it held for me. We're both scientists and have moved pursuing our studies at least twice. So is Liz's boyfriend, Dave (recipient of said commission). . Being a transplant means finding home in changing climates and people... and it is hard, fun, stressful and an adventure. Liz wanted a piece that reflected how they both felt about each other and their current hometown of Madison WI. I have not had the pleasure of visiting there yet, though I have heard it is a lot like my last hometown, Carrboro, NC. . To get into their settling process and to know more about them, I had Liz fill out a long questionnaire about a lot of things specific to Dave and herself and Madison. And because it's always important to me to have the right kind of music to work with, Liz was generous enough to make me a Spotify playlist that represented the sounds of Madison for them both. What have they been listening to together? Separately? What concerts have they gone to recently? What music are they going to hear 10, 20 years from now that is going to send them right back to getting started and rooted in Madison? It was a pretty great playlist (I'm still listening to it!). Stay tuned for the next post in this commission series!