Viriditas is a Latin word that literally means "greenness" but has taken on a spiritual and animistic connotation to mean the organic and regenerative force of life. In this series of works, I abandon lines and polygons for more truly organic forms that assemble themselves cell-by-cell. This process yields detail, intricacy, and intimacy that were absent from my previous work.
In this series of two images, I attempt to model a greater variety of behavior than was present in my earlier work. I hope that this variety reflects and illuminates a broader range of human experience. I intend to increasingly pursue such diversity in my forthcoming work. As before, each image uses the same algorithms but different numerical parameters.
Rasch und Wild
The images in this collection are all detail views of my 12-foot-long, 2.5-billion-pixel digital print Rasch und Wild currently on display at Steel House. The inspiration here is physical: invisible attractors (akin to stars or planets) prowl the background, and thousands of particles trace paths in the foreground. The background attractors influence and deform the foreground paths, so that the visible content of the image is the apparent surface of the underlying hidden structure.
The Arbor series of images and prints reflects my long fascination with mathematical models of natural phenomena. To create them, I wrote computer software that starts with a single short line segment and then grows and branches this segment in a manner roughly analogous to the growth of a tree. Each of the images uses the same algorithms but different numerical parameters, and the differences among the images reflect the chaotic nature of the underlying mathematics.
The meaning of “Fieldwork” is double here. In an immediate sense, these images and prints are composed of fields of color. But there lurks a subtler agricultural metaphor: the content of an image arises from algorithmic specification of regions of fertility and sterility in its frame, and as an image comes into being, fertility decreases until certain of its regions can no longer support “life”.