'more is everything'

This series is painted on box canvas 76x76 cms. square, in fine art acrylic.

These images are in part inspired by discussions with students and scientists at the Institute for Complex System Simulation at Southampton University.  I would especially like to thank Professor Seth Bullock for his support and help. 

Complex systems exist everywhere in Nature, from the way ecosystems work to the way pandemics spread; from weather events to the way cells operate. This organising complexity results from the sheer number of participants interacting with one another. In a complex system a small perturbation can effect huge change. More matters. Read how they were painted here

 

 

'small worlds'

Each piece in this series is about 30x30cms before framing. They are painted on paper  in fine art acrylic.

These paintings are inspired by many conversations with Professor Lesley Smythies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Lesley is a microbiologist interested in the immune system.

Our immune system is a vastly complex set of interacting biological systems, where astonishing scenarios are played out without simple instruction. Huge numbers of different molecules meet, react and are dispersed over long distances, to meet and interact with other players in the dance. This seemingly uncorreographed world is reliant on molecules' being able to recognise others as 'friend' or 'foe' and respond accordingly.   

'within and without you'

Each piece in this series is about 30x30cms before framing. They are painted on paper  in fine art acrylic.

These paintings start life through a partnership between the hand and the eye, and the elemental force of gravity. They are drip paintings, where paint is allowed to wander and be redirected in a ballet of chance and intention. They have a consequent organic feel.

There are many kind of networks in the natural world. From food webs to the interactions within whole ecosystems, interrelations and complexity are a cornerstone of living systems.

Some biological networks, like the intricate web of interactions between proteins within our cells, are superbly, and thankfully, resilient. Part random , part modular they grow spontaneously, finding their resilience by reducing their fragility to disruption, to just a small number of replaceable links.