Associate professor of art and art history at the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University displayed these two canvases at the 2014 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids recently. By pairing two square canvases side by side, she questions what it means to be in the present — what is “now?” — and how does it become or relate to “then?” She takes grand, cosmic questions and boils them down to basic elements or building blocks, as she relates in her artist statement for the piece:
Cells, the smallest units of life, are able to grow, replicate, divide, move, and die. Each cell is able to respond to its environment and communicate with other cells. Thus, the traces of our present(s) describe networks of clusters, nodes, pathways, and, above all, connectivity.
More images of her ArtPrize submission are available to view here.