My work is fully intended to be a synthesis of Art and Science. I am an artist, working in three dimensions, and my practice is informed by my knowledge of the sciences. Science is my material both in a literal, tangible sense and conceptually. I create form and structure by applying scientific ideas with aesthetic intent. In exploring the potential for beauty in Science, my intention is to stimulate curiosity and have the viewer question their assumptions about reality.
Art and Science are spheres of human knowledge that have, in recent times, been almost entirely separate. Although historically it was more common for an individual to be accomplished in both. The prominent example of Leonardo da Vinci leaps to mind. Lately, however, any interplay between these two fundamental areas of human endeavour has tended towards antagonism. It is understandable. These days, artists are rarely fluent in the language of science and many scientists lack understanding of current art practice. I am fortunate then, to have feet in both camps. I hope that my own practice engages audiences with interests in both areas. In recent projects, I have sought help and advice from creative people from a wide range of backgrounds, from musicians to mathematicians, artists to astrophysicists. I have found the cross-fertilization of ideas from different disciplines to be a fertile source of creativity.
As a scientist and educator for many years I had, and continue to have, a keen interest in the theory and practice of all the sciences. I have special interests in quantum behaviour, cosmology and the interplay of chaos and order. As a physicist, mathematics was at the core of my understanding of the natural world and I have carried this forward into my art practice. Where some may see complexity, I know that complicated forms can be generated from very simple mathematical rules.
As an artist, and particularly as a sculptor, I have sought to create objects which are simple on one level but with layers of complexity which emerge as a viewer inspects and engages with a piece. Knowledge gained by handling and working with materials informs the structure of the final pieces. It is a combination of theory and practice.