Oil on canvas, 48 X 54 inches, 2005
Origin of the Eye was begun as an exercise in rhythm with the intent of creating a spherical space. The inspiration for the approach comes from quantum mechanics, the ‘uncertainty’ principle and the characteristics of light: wave or point, or both. The book by Johnjoe McFadden, Quantum Evolution, W. W. Norton, 2000, has been a great inspiration for consideration of how order is created from the seeming randomness of nature, and how creation is an ongoing process at the most elementary level. The production of the painting appears to support the hypothesis. This vortex-like composition began to take form along the blue edges and proceeded towards the center becoming ever more patterned and ordered, and culminating in the central spherical element that suggests the eye: energy pushes outward while gravity pulls towards the center.