In 2017 I started playing with Chemigrams. This was a natural part of a growing tendency toward abstraction coupled with an attraction to processes where the outcome can be directed but not controlled. Neither photographs nor drawings, Chemigrams inherit from both worlds. Created on black and white photographic paper, using traditional photographic chemicals, ingredients from the kitchen, art materials and light, the images are coerced into existence by painting, spraying and/or dipping the paper into the different solutions.
In 2018, as I started to prepare for a trip to Greece, I stumbled upon a lecture on Greek philosophy and encountered for the first time the notion of 'Apeiron' which resonated very strongly with the work I was doing in the studio. The result is my first Chemigram squence - 'Apeiron.'
Apeiron (ἄπειρον) is a Greek word meaning "(that which is) unlimited," "boundless," "infinite," or "indefinite." Anaximander, a 6th century BC Greek philosopher, believed the beginning or ultimate reality (arche) is eternal and infinite, or boundless (apeiron), subject to neither old age nor decay. As such, Apeiron can be understood as a sort of primal chaos out of which everything is created as well as the destination of everything once it ceases to exist. (Wikipedia, abbreviated)