Golden Entropy by Francine Roche Kay
18 x 24 inches
Artist Statement: Entropy is defined as the randomness or disorder of a system. Chaos, in other words. In chemistry, one tenet we learn early on is that spontaneous transformations--i.e., change--will often proceed towards entropy. Left unchecked, any system will devolve into disorder over time. The universe itself, as it expands, tends to move towards entropy, towards chaos. This constant movement and expansion makes all the molecules around us diffuse and spread out, increasing the chaos around us.
I wanted to depict this movement towards chaos in this painting. As the different colored alcohol inks are added to the canvas in droplets, they blend and bleed into each other, diffusing around and through each other. This is chaos, or entropy. But through the center of this cloud of chaos, I also added droplets of gold. Though heavier, it also followed the dispersion of the inks surrounding it, but it did so at a much slower rate. Because of this, there is a golden river or vein through the chaos of the clouds.
Bio: Though I have been drawing and painting all my life, I have only recently decided to pursue art after decades in the sciences. Art, to me, has always been therapeutic. Drawing and painting is what I turned to when I needed to relieve stress, or when I needed to work on a problem without actively thinking about it. I have always felt that my creative side worked hand-in-hand with my analytical side, and I discovered this to be especially true as an emerging fluid artist.
As a fluid artist, I deal mostly with acrylics but I am starting to expand into alcohol inks and other fluid media. My background in chemistry has given me insight into fluid dynamics, along with other concepts such as the roles density and surface tension plays in different fluids. Approaching and using technical scientific concepts through a different lens--as an artist, as opposed to a pharmaceutical scientist--has broadened my understanding of fluids in a completely novel way. Needless to say, this has been an eye opening journey and I look forward to delving further into this exciting art form.
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