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Viscosity Monotypes & Essential Shapes

This on-going series of works revolves around the fractal-like patterns, often called viscous fingers, produced when a high viscosity liquid (or gas) is injected under high pressure into a lower viscosity liquid (ink). I’ve always been interested in fractals, not just as abstract, mathematical expressions, but methodological and visual ones as well. How do I create a body of work that’s devised from a fractal-like process? These works, which sprout from a random discovery at the printing press, encapsulate the ubiquity of fractals as seen in plain sight throughout our world, and in the way we perceive that world. This body of work consists of a unique form of printing developed at Studio Shappy. The resulting prints I’ve termed viscosity monotypes. From these prints come a variety of analog and digital art objects of hand crafted, found, and generated origins. 

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