CICADA is the newest piece of a limited edition series that I have been working on for the past few years titled "Mechanical Integrations". Inspired by nature, insects and animals along with mechanical technology, Mechanical Integrations are digital works of imagination that involve the blending of natural and mechanical elements to create new ways of looking at things that are otherwise familiar. The completion of this work is expressed through a process of division, reconstruction and a meticulous handling of shapes, colors and graphic patterning. The result becomes a multi-layered space. A visual interplay which blurs the boundaries of precision, creating an echo and vibration that lifts the image from its two dimensional surface.
The early works from this series were done directly onto the digital screen with very little planning other than an abstract idea for the subject. Compositions freely evolved often. Today, that free spirit remains within the process, however, the works have now progressed to a point of higher complexity that involves a stronger interest and connection to the subject. Consequently, the pieces involve a lot more planning and take much longer to complete.
CICADA is an example of work that has resulted from this new direction and progression. Conceptually, this piece is a sensual expression of the insect that combines its cycle of metamorphosis, elements from its surrounding environment, and the integration of mechanical components. The wings are an ornamental tapestry of environmental shapes and patterns. It’s glowing red eyes are layered beneath a protective helmet. All these aspects are tied together with many designed layers and thousands of individual visual decisions.
CICADA, like all of the “Mechanical Integration” works, is only available as limited edition fine art prints. They have been and continue to be exhibited internationally and are currently part of several private collections. In addition, the works are on permanent display at Acquisitions of Fine Art Gallery in Hinsdale, Illinois — a Western Suburb of Chicago.