In my work, the worlds of painting, animation, and computer programming conspire together in a subtly subversive take on software art.
The watercolor image has traditionally existed as a unique original, along with the possibility for reproduction. Software art has often focused
on a program generating complex images that mirror the endless variables made possible by computer coding.
I have found a way to marry these opposing practices by embedding software in dreamlike, poetic watercolor landscapes, creating
“non-linear regenerative paintings.” Unlike repetitive video art, these images endlessly evolve in a random progression in which no single composition
will ever be precisely repeated — at least, not for hundreds of thousands to trillions of years depending upon the number of layers in the painting.
I begin with digitized versions of my watercolors; split the images into several layers, and then animate each one independently in multiple ways.
This creates the possibility of countless variations of the painting within each composition. I have also integrated natural cycles into these works,
such as the moon and the tides, which are represented figuratively in the paintings’ imagery, while their animated movement and phases are
controlled by real-world, real-time cycles, whose algorithms are programmed into the work.
The reactive pieces make use of Internet connectivity to reflect real-time weather, stock market and live news data within the work’s imagery,
creating artwork that responds live to incoming RSS feeds. I have also incorporated high resolution video into my animated watercolor to create
animated commissioned video portraits. I want my iconography to resonate as organic matter as well as abstract forms: Water, flowers, rain, sun,
vines, grass, roots, sky, rocks are rendered schematically and move subtly toward abstraction. The introduction of multiplicity, chance, and natural
cycles into a single image, and its pre programmed control, opens the work up to a world of puzzling juxtapositions: impermanence / ceaselessness,
fine art / technology, original image / duplication / live data. Since every viewing is unique, every print is also an original.