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We do not always realize that complex ideas rely on simple concepts. A good example is the atomic theory, where the idea of atoms originally depended on the simple concept of a particle.
In order for something to be a particle, it has to have an encompassing boundary to create a lasting identity. In order for the encompassing boundary to create a lasting identity, the boundary has to be solid. Popular representations, in fact, once pictured atoms as groups of tiny hard balls revolving around central groups of more tiny hard balls.
Eventhough this early model has grown more complex, the underlying concept of an atom’s inflexible parts persists. Some fringe thinkers believe that this so-called “solid bias” is the eyesore of modern science. Gerald I. Lebau and his most loyal advocate, Joel D. Morrison make convincing, although complicated, alternative arguments against the idea of solidity in science. My leaning, however, is not primarily scientific
Even so, I identify with Lebau's and Morrison's belief that the universe has no ultimate solid foundation. I, like Morrison, also believe that the universe has no ultimate fluid foundation either, because constant, liquid change cannot fixate into an ultimate base. The very concept of a fluid implies that the base of reality is always falling out and reforming. The only eternal aspect of existence is this always-flexible dynamic.
My art, therefore, supports a scientific world-view that favors the continuous transformation of fluid patterns. The images I produce are more than pretty pictures. They are visual expressions of how reality really works. From the smallest sub-atomic structures to the grandest cosmic conglomerations, ... infinite existence deforms and flows eternally.
A large rock appears rigid in the span of human life, but in the span of geophysical evolution, this large rock is a speck of liquid in Earth’s plastic deformation over eons. Planets, stars, galaxies and mega-galaxies, likewise, form, deform and flow. No form is permanent. Nothing lasts.
All patterns of the universe are ephemeral. All objects, identities, and boundaries are relative and momentary on scales of time above them, as they are static and permanent on scales of time below them. Resonances, harmonies and symphonies occur at all scales, but all scales together move. Purpose and meaning exist at given scales in given times relative to these scales, but the grandest, persistent purpose is change.