Information washes over us in waves, day in and day out. I am fascinated by the manner in which we manipulate information to synthesize knowledge and beliefs, both true and false. We routinely devise new conceptual tools from sheer thought, making leaps of intuition triggered by the simple act of paying attention. Having a background in physics, I have relied on these creative habits to tackle not only abstract scientific questions but also mundane technical tasks. As an artist, I take a similar approach with the images I select as my raw materials, dissecting and combining them both digitally and physically, as if they were scientific data to be analyzed. This process results in folded paper sculptures that, when photographed, serve as starting points for future work. Thus, one piece leads to another just as knowledge and ideas build on themselves. Folding images is therefore my way of actively perceiving the world, of shaping facts into a digestible form, and of giving voice to the irrepressible human impulse to observe, record, and comprehend — an impulse that underpins 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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