Michael David

 

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.

-Carl Sagan, Cosmos

 

 

My work is inspired by the colossal transformation of atoms from stars that underwent supernova billions of years ago. These atoms have evolved over eons to become the fundamental building blocks of our universe. My process, corresponding with this dramatic change, relies on constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing monotypes, silkscreen prints, paintings, and drawings in combination other with materials such as metal screening, frosted mylar, and paper pulp.

 

Physical, bold, and of varying speeds, the making of the work parallels the idea of boundless eruptions of energy.  To begin the process of deconstruction, I build up a large assortment of prints and then cut, crumble, and tear them, leading me to the next phase— reconstruction— folding, combining, gluing, sculpting and layering.

 

This recursive way of investigating stimulates my work to grow in ways that are unanticipated and trigger further examination. While this process of discovery is the most challenging, it is also the most exciting aspect of my work. The relationship between spontaneous intuition and conscious resolution is paramount to my practice.

 

Creation through regeneration is ubiquitous in our universe, from an atomic to a galactic level. Making art about this phenomenon is my way of grasping some thing that feels beyond my knowing: it awakens something dormant and enables me to express wonder.