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behind Ascension and Scorpion sprang from an exhibition proposal called
Art From Science. I have been working with satellite imagery over
the past four years in my job as a visualization artist at NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center. I wanted to incorporate both the satellite images
and the scientific diagrams associated with them, as well as my art
made outside of this context. I invited three other artists to participate
in a collaborative process for the exhibition. Their role was to contribute
their own art. I worked with the scientific images and artwork contributed
by my collaborators as a starting point to the compositions.
The challenge was to integrate very diverse media into something which
would be a unified whole. In Ascension I really had no pre-conceived
idea as to where the elements I was working with would take me. As
the composition progressed I began to see things forming which gave
me new ideas to pursue, such as the ambiguity of scale and the interplay
between abstraction and reality.
In Scorpion my initial idea was juxtapose two disparate elements;
desert and ice. I began by using images of the Sahara and Siberia,
to which I added a series of mathematically created images by Greg
Shirah. The idea began to evolve that both desert and ice were hostile
elements for survival, which was reinforced by the addition of Greg's
surrealistic and alien-looking artwork.