series Particles is an investigation into the interactions of
subatomic particles inside an accelerator. It follows on my series of
paintings of the machinery of the Large Hadron Collider, which were most
recently exhibited at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
In these latest pieces, I am attempting to depict the super-small world of
high energy collisions, filled with virtual particles, quantum loops, and
The paintings are executed in acrylic paint on
transparent mylar, and feature splashes and splatters from a very dynamic
application of the paint with large house-painterís brushes. I work on both
sides of the surface. There are subtle pencil and ink marks which I use to
suggest three-dimensionality of the marks.
I am at the beginning stages of developing a formal
vocabulary for these pieces, in which different parts of the theory of
subatomic particles correspond to specific formal elements of the
paintings. I have been reengaging with the theory of the Standard Model,
and studying the technical results from colliders like the LHC. In this
exploration I am aided by my original undergraduate degree as a physicist.
Although a complete understanding of these theories requires a full course
of graduate study, I am still inspired to try to visualize particles in a