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Kenneth A. Huff

Florida, USA
41" x 41" x 1"

Artist Statement: The iridescence of a beetle; the twisting surfaces of a wilting leaf; the spiral forms and sutures of a fossilized mollusk shell; fissures growing in drying mud; the arches, loops and whorls of a fingerprint -- all are examples of the natural forms and patterns that inspire my images. I am intrigued with combining ideas from a number of sources and the contrast and ambiguity arising from those combinations.

I often include many objects in my images -- all similar in form, yet each unique in its details. Those details of color and texture mimic the level of physical detail found in the natural world and create an illusion of reality even while the viewer is confronted with the practical knowledge that the objects illustrated do not exist.

I recently met a scientist investigating the micro-structures formed by the controlled sintering of ceramic powders. Sintering involves the heating, but not melting, of materials to form a coherent mass. Electronmicrographs of his research served as the initial inspiration for a series of work which incorporates numerous small plates, either entirely representing a surface or coating portions of a surface while at the same time conforming to the contours of the surface.

The major form in 2002.7 is based on an idealized mathematical knot.

The gold forms were constructed using a custom tool which builds the forms, or plates, directly on a given surface.

This image was completed during a Working Artist Residency at the SIGGRAPH 2002 Art Gallery in San Antonio, Texas.