GRAPH SPACE (full series), 2011
graphite, ink and laser etch on aluminum, Dimensions Variable
My drawings, digital prints, and animations create a space in-between the scientific representation of data and my interpretation of it. The result is ambiguous: suggestive of information, but providing no specifics, no resolution. The drawings themselves are dense, bringing movement and intensity to the schematic principles and diagrams that inspire them. In the prints and animations, I pair certain drawings with found scientific imagery, confusing the idea of an informative discovery with an inventive one.
I am charting explorations into what I call graph space – a diagrammatic universe of scientific charts, modeled geometric shapes and data plots, full of information but seemingly lacking in feeling. To me, however, they are emotive records of a series of events: tiny or huge changes in measurement which appear as subtle or substantial visual shifts. These shifts tell a particular kind of “story” to be revealed, transforming the systematic display of measurement into something uncertain and psychological.
My process is intellectual and interpretive. I start with textual and visual research about the universe, laws of physics, and idealized geometry. Based on what I find, I use image-making, animation and sound to explore this space, locating these events and inventing the abstract narratives that play out within.