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Light and the earth

The inception of these works came from playing with paint rather than thinking about

completed paintings. Ivory Black* paint was the perfect medium to reflect the light from

the brushstrokes. At first, I did these little experiments where I would repeatedly wipe

off the paint and reuse the same canvas for weeks. As I worked on this project, I

thought about the light making the brush strokes visible. I moved the works around to

change how the light hit them, changing the work as the light changed.

Reflecting on how light impacted my works, I realize that our relationship with light has

significantly changed in the last 150 years. Our perception of light, its influence on us,

the insights it offers, and how we connect it with the universe reflects our evolving

relationship with light.

Our existence is one of being human, with all our sensations directly connected to our physical

bodies. It is from these bodies that we derive all our perspectives. As humans, we have

created instruments to augment our perspective. We can witness events light-years in the past

with telescopes, and with microscopes, we can peer into the infinitesimal and beyond. Yet, all

these tools have one element in common - light, from its grandeur with a solar burst to

wavelengths our native eyes cannot see.

Our primary light source, our Sun, is more than the source of life. It is the engine that affects

nearly all systems on our planet. The oceans' currents are driven by it and, in turn, life cycles.

The soil we walk on is a form of decomposing plant and animal life that only exists because

the sun made that possible. If we explore deep into the inner Earth, we find heavy metals and

other elements forged in the belly of a now-forgotten star. Nearly every bit of matter on Earth

is the product of fusion from a star. be continued.

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