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Hubble Space Telescope images of incredibly distant things, images of planetary bodies from satellites that we sent out, all of which I painted in this same kind of swirling technique. The stroke of each layer of oil paint on top of one another has a certain kind of appeal, and I thought, “Actually, I’m interested in this idea that paint is liquid; paint is a dynamic flowing substance that can represent all kinds of dynamic, flowing substances, in particular, the universe.” At all different scales, the universe is made up of dynamic flowing substances, whether it’s the gas in a nebula or the clouds that make up a hurricane or the tiny bits of 20 watery fluid that make up a living cell. So I felt like the same techniques that I’d created in this abstract painting world were ideally suited for investigating scientific images in this way. I continued that with the “Simulation” series, where instead of taking images that were actually based on observations, I took supercomputer simulations of complex phenomena, like supernovae or fluid dynamics. Again, the central idea was this notion of flowing paint being this simulation of the larger phenomena. So I deliberately let paint run and colors mix together, mixing paint in an unstable SciArt in America December 2013