I feel very honoured to be a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, 2018. This is the third time I’ve been selected as a finalist for this prestigious exhibition.
My entry ‘Oxygen Captured’ represents a single oxygen atom. I hope that by representing this atom at a human scale it will highlight the precious qualities oxygen has for our existence. Above is my ‘blueprint’, with additional working notes, that appears on the reverse (back) side of the artwork — it’s not intended to be shown. I’m presenting it here for those who may be interested in my ‘hole’ working method and to illustrate how I paint from both sides of the canvas as one ‘complete’ expression — an aesthetic that I call Quantum Brushstrokes.
The front side will go on display, with all the other selected finalists’ works, at the South Australian Museum from June 8 until August 5, 2018. When it’s available, you can see my actual entry piece by clicking the following link: Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2018
Here is my ‘full’ Artist Statement:
The complex science surrounding the properties of a particle (ref. Atomic No.8) is fundamental to the formation of the conditions that promoted life on our oxygenated earth.
The constituent parts of an atom – protons, neutrons and electrons are represented by drill holes through a furled canvas (protons, neutrons) and sawn slashes (electrons). When the canvas is re-stretched to 2D form the drill holes and saw cuts create equidistant opposing “marks” within the white surface as in the inner vastness of atomic space.
The wave-like furling of the canvas, and the passage of drill and saw marks through it, when arranged in this fashion result in the kind of symmetry that is reminiscent of atomic structure and dynamic particle relationships that are the basis of all matter.