Medium: Multimedia video
The video is split into two parts in the exhibition installation. Please increase YouTube video quality to 1080p for best viewing experience
Let there be dust is an exploratory narrative through time, rippling outward from a singular source. A ripple speaks of cause and effect — a progressively tapering repetition that iterates through time. The light and dark rings in a tree trunk represent the passage of time — a natural chronometer that keeps track of the commonest seasonal cycles.
Just as a voice is released and fades, time ripples outwards and gradually dwindles into eternity. I insert myself into the work and become a part of the process; both creating and being created — an artist entering into his own artwork and becoming integral to its narrative; defining the very landscape he finds himself in. From dust I am and to dust, I will return.
A mandelbrot set is a mathematical set of complex numbers on a plane that, when plotted, produces an visual fractal that can be infinitely zoomed. Fractals are found throughout the natural world; I use them as visual cues pointing to nature's designer - that both the macrocosmic and microcosmic scales of reality correspond geometrically is something that cannot be argued away without also eliminating the mathematical laws that produce these corresponding similarites. These mathematical laws do not explain themselves, but are taken for granted in order to use the scientific method. The French-Polish Mathematician Benoit B. Mandelbrot, after which the Mandelbrot set is named, wrote a book called The Fractal Geometry of Nature in which he describes nature's repeating patterns as self-similar fractals that repeat themselves on both the micro and macro scales.
This is also evident in physics. For example, science has not yet found a reason for the existence of the law of gravity, and yet the law of gravity is taken for granted in order to operate within the scientific method. The very fact that the universe is mathematically intelligible is taken for granted when doing science. This intelligibility is a pre-requisite for doing science, and it therefore cannot be explained by science. The Mandelbrot includes produces spindles that resemble the fractal branching of lightning or electricity.
The rest of the of the artwork explores a creation narrative - a structured and intelligent design, not mindless unguided processes. I am inserted as a type or figure of Creator - a resemblant representation of something much higher and greater.
The above image is from the second part of the video installation. A horn is blown over a heart, a symbol of life. Whatever has a center has a heart: the earth, a human body, a galaxy, a cross-cut tree trunk. All life flows from this center.
Much of my work involves the tedious process of digital stop-motion animation where I draw individual frame images and effects.
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