Information washes over us in waves, day in and day out. I am fascinated by the way we analyze information to synthesize knowledge, generating new conceptual tools by means of sheer thought, and making leaps of intuition triggered by the simple act of paying attention. Having a background in physics, I have seen this creative process at work both in the grandest scientific discoveries and in the most mundane technical tasks. As an artist, I carry out a similar program using images as my raw material, dissecting and combining visual information as if it were scientific data. I fashion photographic objects by manipulating images in both digital and physical form, and then I use photographs of these sculptures as the basis of future constructions. Thus, one piece leads to another just as knowledge and ideas build on themselves, and my work reflects the irrepressible human impulse to observe, record, and understand the world — an impulse that lies at the heart of both art and science.
I was raised in North Haven, CT, and I live and work in Ithaca, NY. After obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics, I became a research associate at the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education, where I am currently the IT Director. My artwork has been exhibited in the United States and Canada. Apart from scientific journals, my writing and images have appeared in Stone Canoe, SciArt Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail.
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