Paintings: Cellular Landscape

My Cellular Landscape Paintings are inspired by my fascination with visual information that is available only with magnification. To get raw material, I spent many months peering through a microscope in a pathology lab in a nearby hospital. The cytologists and I studied the same cellular material, but where they spotted danger— cancer cells—I saw the beauty in what was aberrant and different. The paintings are made organically, similar to the way cells grow, replicate and mutate. I begin each painting using sources from biology, cartography, astronomy and geography as well as from my sketches made in the lab. I then synthesize and transform this information into my own vocabulary by inventing patterns, marks and glyphs. Once realized on the surface, these marks grow into shapes and worlds of their own. In these abstract territories I hope to give viewers the sensation of looking at something that is—simultaneously —very large and seen from a distance and something that is infinitesimally tiny, seen only at a nearly impossible close range.

Bareback

Bareback, 1999
22" h x 18" w, oil and graphite on panel

Buzz

Buzz, 1999
18" h x 22" w, oil and graphite on panel

Circuits

Circuits, 1999
36" x 36", oil on canvas

Lost and Found, 1999

Lost and Found, 1999
22" x 18", oil and graphite on panel

Mendel's Anamoly, 1999

Mendel's Anamoly, 1999
12" x 12", oil and graphite on panel

Pods, 1999

Pods, 1999
12" x 12", oil on copper

Cenesthesia: Drip, 1998

Cenesthesia: Drip, 1998
12" x 12", oil and graphite on panel

Cenesthesia: Drip, 1998

Cenesthesia: Drip, 1998
10" x 7" oil on copper

Cenesthesia: Crawl, 1998

Cenesthesia: Crawl, 1998
10" x 10", oil on copper

Cenesthesia: Float, 1998

Cenesthesia: Float, 1998
10" x 11", oil on copper

Cenesthesia: Spurt, 1998

Cenesthesia: Spurt, 1998
10" x 10", oil on copper

Cenesthesia: Spurt, 1998

Cenesthesia: Spurt, 1998
10" x 10", oil on copper

Smitten, 1998

Smitten, 1998
22" x 18", oil on copper

Synaptic Terrain 1, 1998

Synaptic Terrain 1, 1998
12" x 12", oil on canvas

Synaptic Terrain 2, 1998

Synaptic Terrain 2, 1998
12" x 12", oil on canvas

Synaptic Terrain 3, 1998

Synaptic Terrain 3, 1998
12" x 12", oil on panel

Synaptic Terrain 4, 1998

Synaptic Terrain 4, 1998
12" x 12", oil and graphite on panel

Synaptic Terrain 5, 1998

Synaptic Terrain 5, 1998
12" x 12", oil and graphite on panel

Transplant, 1998

Transplant, 1998
12" x 12", oil on panel