This started as a simple drawing to work in the space of symmetrical similarity. Knowing that my hand & eye (without significant desire and attention) will not draw two sides of a symmetrical form the same, I set out to find opportunities in the emergent irregularities. The drawing maintains a mirroring of the general line/curve structure but allows for local differentiation as each side of the drawings grows into a life of its own. A living breathing growing structure takes form from the minimal environment of the page. Differences in surface texture introduce variation in texture and bilateral deformations. The fleshy membrane structure begins to suggest a tent or canopy as the folds & creases solidify and form archways. Perhaps it is on its way to becoming a cathedral of the leaf. A siphon for light, air and water.
A fleshy vegetal node springing from a bifurcating rhyzomatic structure. This demi-flower only blooms at night utilizing pungent odor to attract nocturnal pollinators into its muscular grasp. Once the flower has spread adequate amounts of its sticky pollen it will clamp down on its prey, incorporating the nutrients into its ever expanding network.
We have uncovered a new novel cell form in the Brooklyn dig. These seem to be made up of approximately half the cell form of the former cellulose vertebrae found a couple weeks ago. The cells have a spiny protuberance that realigns the mass contained within the quad-lobed cell-form. These images are currently only from deep scanning x-ray microscopy and are several hundred feet beneath the previous sample. We believe this may be an earlier proto-form of the previously discovered organism, perhaps a more autonomous variation with increased individual motility due to the spine like appendage that may have been moveable at its base. We hope to reach this level in a few months so that we can fully examine these forms and determine their evolutionary connection to the cellulose calcifications in higher strata.
I made an afternoon in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens last fall while the roses were in full bloom. This is one of a series of drawings exploring the composition of photographs exploring morphological differentiation between varieties. The drawing, as they do, took on its own form, expanding into a topographical field. The individual flowers act as seeds for expanding and converging curves, populating the page with islands. Each region maintains a structure and resemblance to its original variety while adapting at the edges to merge with the neighboring domain.
We are not yet clear on what creature this may have belonged to. Given its extremely delicate nature we are taking every precaution in excavating the structure from the local strata. The extreme bilateral symmetry suggest some type of cylindrical worm like creature, perhaps with organs situated between the folds of the individual vertebrae. It may even be some type of hybrid organism with an internal spine and armored exoskeleton. We are taking further scans of the skeleton and expanding our search space to find more components.
Stay tuned for updates here at digital nouveau.
A series of floral radiations spiraling from a striated mesh. Each form differentiates and exhibits unique characteristics within its petals.
This drawings started from a somewhat arbitrary placement of three similar circles on the page. From there, I began a series of radiating curves converging at a similar radius from the each circle. This pattern created a folding effect as the single line of the circle was subdivided by the emerging petal forms. The flowers were constrained to only operate in a single depth plane, so the drawing sequence was an important factor in the final relationship between the flowers, as later petals had to deform to respect established boundaries. Upon completion of the petals, I went to work on a shifting parallel line pattern that took its varying directions from the hinge between petals. The striated mesh provides a medium, or substrate, for the growing flowers. Finally I took the opportunity to experiment with three different rendering techniques within the local space of the petals, projecting possible differentiation of new varietals.
A slice through deep earth reveals an ancient fossil locked in time, slowly fracturing & transforming its strata.
A short time motion capture as this wasp approaches its prey. Primarily a graphic exercise, the introduction of time begins to generate spatial transformation in the blur between the components.
A journey from the cliffside through the garden path overlooking the sea. This small dwelling draws its energy from the rolling waves below providing a space for contemplation at the intersection of air, earth & water.