“Poetic naturalism” as a way beyond the postmodern tensions between art and science

Posted On 2019-01-18 17:18:08

Utilizing a dialectical approach in both my studio practice and research, my aim is to move beyond the contemporary paradigm of postmodern anti-rationalism towards an artistic discourse that oscillates between a “modern enthusiasm” and a “postmodern irony”. The concept that factors most heavily in my work is that of “poetic (or romantic) naturalism”—a post-postmodern worldview that venerates our natural reality (as understood by science to be composed entirely of mindless, meaningless particles) in both its objective (scientific) and subjective (poetic) manifestations. Conjuring this temper, in Figures 1-5, I’ve moved back and forth between digital and traditional mediums, attempting to steadily waver between unity and multiplicity, totality and fragmentation, and reason and romanticism.

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