The Cosmic Fragments (Work in Progress)
In this series, the use of milling and laser engraving technology becomes the primary mode of creative practice and embraces the vanguard of technological proficiency. No longer bound by restrictions placed upon certain production parameters, here the Subtractive Manufacturing Method becomes the core modus operandi. This process creates images on the material and, to do so, the laser creates high heat that vaporise the matter, thus exposing cavities that form the final image. As the material is removed with each pulse of the laser, the depth of the marks is controlled by the number of times the laser beam is passing on the material.
Referencing the series, Verklärte Nacht, 2018, here the moon becomes the dominant motif. The works delve into the ideology of lunar effects and its real or imaginary correlations between specific stages of the roughly 29.5-day lunar cycle, and behaviour and physiological changes in living beings on Earth, including humans. Various phases of the moon cycle is represented in the inner ring of the 18 Alu-dibond panels, reminiscent of the hexagonal mirror segments made of gold-coated beryllium for the Webb Space Telescope. (A space telescope developed in collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency that will be the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.) Through these visual arrangements - set within certain schematic parameters - allow for an exploration into how technology, cosmology and human behaviour are inextricably linked.
As a side note: the title, The Cosmic Fragments, refers to the visual re-imagination and contextual interpretation of Heraclitus' philosophical utterances whose subject is the world as a whole rather than man and his part in it. This series is named after G.S. Kirk's philosophical paper that examines the fragments of Heraclitus' philosophical cannon. Ancient accounts of Heraclitus were inadequate and misleading, and as Kirk wrote, understanding was often hindered by excessive dogmatism and a selective use of the fragments. Professor Kirk's 1954 work marks a significant advance in the study of Presocratic thought. Heraclitus was famous for his insistence on ever-present change as being the fundamental essence of the universe, as stated in the famous saying, "No man ever steps in the same river twice". This position was complemented by his stark commitment to a unity of opposites in the world, stating that "the path up and down are one and the same". Through these doctrines Heraclitus characterised all existing entities by pairs of contrary properties, whereby no entity may ever occupy a single state at a single time.