Biological Art (BioArt) is on the border between Art and Science. I have always had a fascination for biology, and when I was a teenager, I was sure that I should be a Biologist or a Doctor. However, I became an artist instead, but my paintings always have a biological theme. The paintings act on the micro - and macrobiologi – on nature identied, the water flow, branching, DNA, Stem Cells and Virus.
I am working with both Doctors and Biologists. They helps me to obtain Microscope Photos for inspiration for my Paintings. My art hangs in many Medical Clinics, Dentist Clinics and at Psychologists, and I have donelarge artistic decorations at the Pharmaceutical Company SaxoSmithKline and at three Psychiatric Hospitals in Denmark. I am a member of the SciArt Initiative and have exhibited my art at the New York Hall of Science.
My art entails a confidence in the power of abstraction, the complex and the subtle, where something inarticulated in us is met with an inspiring energy. With my art, in a visual narrative, I wish to move the observer with my outlook on the nature in man – and the man in nature. It is a narrative of how man is nature and part of a complex universal pattern, where surroundings, on an energy level, merge with sensation, emotions and thoughts.
We are in the Science Art (SciArt) category, where I examine and express something about the world. I reduce a scientific or an aesthetic concept down to fewer or simpler elements with the purpose of closer examination. I use this reductionistic approach in my art in regards to both shape and colors, where I examine the individual components in order to reveal a more complex phenomenon. I seek to evoke a sensual and emotional realization in the observer.
In my art I use the flow of nature, where large amounts of water make shapes floating and alive. I use the laws of nature to create movement and cracks. Branches shoot forward like new beginnings and follow the universal pattern of fractal budding. Cells are the building blocks of nature and the foundation of life. Everything alive consists of cells. The human body is in constant change from the first cell formation, where stem cells are the foundation of our complex organism.
I view the world holistically with a focus on the whole. Humans and everything in the world are inextricably linked. I am fascinated by nature’s patterns and by micro and macrocosm relations. Patterns in nature occur in fractal geometry, where they are embedded in each other and recur in things large and small. The fractal patterns apply to both nature’s simple organisms and the more complex ones, and thus, they apply to us humans as well.
In quantum physics we have learned that everything we used to think was physical is indeed energy. Everything in the universe consists of immaterial energy and everything radiates energy. Any sensation, emotion, thought or expression of life is also a mark of energy. Our mind lives and gathers daily energy from the world around us, and with my art, I wish to contribute with a sensual stimulus, an inspiring energy and perhaps even new realizations.
THE FLOW OF LIFE
Art moves us on a deeper level. It is sensual and it triggers an abstract feeling in us. A recognition, a dream, hope or just a moment of reflection. Something unspoken in us is met with creative energy that affects, moves, even motivates us. Art entails a confidence in the power of abstraction, the complex and the subtle, and with its inspiring energy, it can help guide us towards a better and a more sensual world.
With my art, I wish to move you with my view of the nature in human – and the human in nature. A visual narrative of how we humans are nature and part of the complex universal pattern, where, on an energy level, surroundings merge with senses, emotions and thoughts.
SCIENCE ART (Sci Art)
Some biologists and brain scientists believe that art and science are the same. Both are man’s way of trying to comprehend and describe the world around us. The subjects and methods are different, but the motivation and the goal are fundamentally the same. Both scientists and artists strive to view the world in a new way and to communicate their vision.
Throughout history, many artists have developed their artistic practice by examining scientific ideas, and many scientists have used art as a method of expressing the beauty of the world. The artistic talents of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, for example, were amplified by their fascination with the scientific approach to the human body.
My art can be categorized as Science Art (Sci Art), where the artist explores and expresses something about the world. It can be the human body, psychology, nature, the universe and more. Sci Art allows for more creative approaches to making science comprehensible, as well as scientific approaches to making art easier to relate to.
Science and art alike have useful spin-offs. Applied science (science) is technology, and applied art (art) is decoration. Both enrich our lives but neither technology nor decoration changes our fundamental perception of the world around us – science and art do.
When you reduce a scientific or an aesthetic concept down to fewer and simpler elements with the purpose of closer examination, it is called reductionism. As an artist, you distill your subjective world into essential elements such as color, shape and light. Artists like Pollock, Rothko and James Turell all used a reductionistic approach in their abstract expression.
I use this reductionistic approach in my art in regards to both shape and colors, where I examine the individual components in order to reveal a more complex phenomenon. I find a great source of creativity in applying few components and examining them thoroughly and in new ways. This method provides, among other things, an understanding of how a certain combination of colors can awaken a sense of serenity, anxiety or joy. I seek to bring forth a new sensual and emotional awareness in the observer. This is where the piece of art becomes complete. We interpret what we see on the canvas and attach a personal meaning to the piece which makes the interpretative process creative itself.
An isolated element can stimulate aspects of our imagination in ways that a complex picture may not. We perceive unexpected patterns in the picture and perhaps even a connection between art and our perception of the world and our life experience. When we recognize something in a piece of art, it will always be something that we have encountered earlier in life, opening up for recognition and even memories.
PATTERNS IN NATURE
I am fascinated by nature’s patterns and by micro and macrocosm relations. Patterns in nature occur in fractal geometry, where patterns are embedded in each other and recur large and small. The repetitive fractal patterns mean that the geometry of nature’s simple organisms applies to more complex organisms as well, and thus even us humans. If we look at a tree, we will see that the pattern of the branches reaching out from the trunk corresponds to the pattern of the twigs on a branch and again the structures of a leaf. If you look at the human lung, the branching pattern of the main bronchi, for example, is repeated in the smaller bronchi. When we see this recurring pattern, it can be a lot of things in nature and what we imagine depends, among other things, on the colors or what we see next to the pattern.
When you look at the world holistically, you look at the whole. Phenomena are viewed as wholes rather than as a composition of individual parts, where the whole is more than just the sum of the parts.
The individual and everything else in the world are inextricably linked. With a holistic view you feel that everything in the world is inextricably linked. When part and the whole are inextricably linked, it means that when you change one part of the whole, the other parts are affected as well.
When you see the world holistically, it is important to consider energy. In quantum physics we have learned that everything we used to think was physical is not indeed physical. In stead, everything in the universe consists of immaterial energy and everything radiates energy. Energy spins at different speeds and thus takes different forms. Thoughts are a fine and light form of energy that spins fast and changes lightly. Humans and other physical forms are coarser and denser forms of energy that swing at a slower pace and do not change as easily. All forms of energy are connected and affect each other.
Each atom and molecule both radiate and absorb light, and because all organisms consist of atoms and molecules, all living beings radiate energy as vibrations. Thus, all organisms use vibrations as a primary means of communication. We humans can pick up each others energy and sense good or bad vibrations.
Thus, physical objects are also a form of energy. A piece of art radiates energy and colors radiate energy. The red colors have the longest wavelengths and the lowest frequencies, and the blue violet colors have the shortest wavelengths and the highest frequencies. Any sensation, emotion, thought or expression of life is also a mark of energy. Our mind lives and gathers daily energy from the world around us, and we take it in without thinking or reflecting upon what the impressions are to be used for.
In my art I use the flow of nature. Large amounts of water make the shapes floating and alive. I use the laws of nature to transport the colors and create movement and cracks. Branches shoot forward like new beginnings and follow the universal pattern of the fractal budding. Branches are everywhere in nature, large and small, and they distribute energy very efficiently. How we perceive a branch and what we associate it to depends on our surroundings and colors, as it can symbolize an infinite number of things.
Cells are the building blocks of nature and the foundation of life. All life consists of cells, single or in co-operations of varied complexity. The human body is in constant change from the first cell formation, where cell stems are the foundation of complex organisms. They are cells that divide and specialize as they go, and they can evolve into any kind of cell in the human body.
My pantings are basically structured around two shapes which provide the framework for all my scenarios: The wave and the circle, which, to me, are the fundamental movements of life. Life can be seen both as linear and cyclic.
A wave is always in motion. The sea acts as the element of emotions, and the waves are often perceived as the symbol of the mind. The waves are currents, progress and change. The wave can be seen as waves of energy where life goes up and down in complex interactions. When they support each other, a constructive interference occurs, which in quantum physics is the definition of love and harmony – also known as good vibrations. When the waves are out of sync and harmony, they cancel each other out and the energy is dispersed and diminished. This is called destructive interference. Bad vibrations diminish emotions and cause the nervous system to warn you that the place where you are or those you are with are not good for you. Therefore, some people and places give you energy whereas others exhaust you. The things with which we surround ourselves can thus amplify our energy, as physical objects vibrate just as we humans do.
A circle is definite and harmonious and is seen as a completion. A circle can symbolize the wheel of life or form the framework for our everyday life, our thoughts or growth. The circle symbolizes heaven and god and is associated to the sun and the moon. Our existence can be perceived as concentric circles – from one self and one’s family to nature and the universe.
NOURISHMENT FOR THE SOUL
Nourishment for the soul is consumed without thought and reflection as to what the impressions are to be used for. Our mind lives and receives daily energy from our surroundings and their nature. Art encompasses a content to be articulated in its hidden meaning. From impressions one can get ideas, one’s thoughts can be activated, associations can swarm and breed. Colors and shapes are not just for reproduction, they exist in their own right and for their mutual interaction and counteraction, and it’s the shape of the sensuous elements that contributes to giving the piece of art its emotional effect. What a piece of art means to you and how it affects you is subjective. When you stand in front of a piece of art and you feel well, it means that you are responding positively to its vibrations and receiving good vibrations from that particular piece.