Client: Currents New Media
Location: Santa Fe, NM, United States
Completion date: 2021
Concept, design, production
inFLUX captures the jittering, chaotic motion of subatomic particles through the random interactions of thirty, ten-foot long laser pendulums.The violet light beams emitted by the lasers draw colored traces of their paths across the white sand beneath them.The laser pendulums spin, twist, and swing past each other chaotically drawing their erratic trajectories. Over time, the colored traces fade and are redrawn building up a matrix of patterns in the sand. In subdued lighting, the density of the overlaid paths are reminiscent of glowing nebula. The erratic patterns of the traces left by the pendulums suggests the chaotic dance of trails resulting from the collisions of fundamental particles in the CERN supercollider. The bonding of those particles become the building blocks of all matter. Human bonds are the interconnection and support of others as an expression of those infinitesimal bonds within us.
inFLUX translates chaotic motion into color traces across the sand. It makes visible the unseen jitter that exist at the smallest levels of life. InFLUX is reconfigured as a site-specific installation for each project presentation.
inFLUX was included in the solo exhibition, ELEMENTAL, at Women and Their Work, Austin, TX, 2016, and The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH 2018. Texas Arthouse, Johnson City, TX, exhibited inFLUX in a solo exhibition in 2017, and inFLUX was exhibited in Currents New Media, Santa Fe, NM 2021.