power: deadly, revolutionary, horrific, possibilities

“If enough uranium atoms were gathered in the correct configuration—forming a critical mass—this process could begin sustaining itself, with one atom’s neutrons splitting the nucleus of another, sending more neutrons into a collision course with further nuclei. As it went critical, the resulting chain reaction of splitting atoms—nuclear fission—would liberate unimaginable quantities of energy.


…just one kilogram of the uranium underwent fission, and only seven hundred milligrams of mass—the weight of a butterfly—was converted into energy.”


Midnight in Chernobyl, Adam Higginbotham


"...the achievement of a million unremarkable days." 

Jeffrey Eugenides


stardust ideas:

The first painting in this series was "I'm not lonely. I'm just curious." I wanted to depict a space scene with millions of stars but in a theatrical way, like a stage or a set. At the same time I was working on this painting I heard Jill Tarter from the SETI Institute talk on the radio and she filled in all the blanks for me. so my unformed or not quite verbalized ideas about space, space travel, and the future were informed by her ideas. Most of the titles in stardust are words, direct quotes, ideas, or composites of ideas from her interview. 



power plant:

power plant has a negative connotation, something poison, evil, wasteful. The "power plant" image developed as a monumental structure, like the great pyramids, something unexplainable and awesome.  When it was finished the image seemed powerful like something alive, simmering, massive and generating energy. It made me think of a gigantic generator. A "good" power plant, not a destructive one.