Crystal Sets and Tests

 

Sets & Tests is a parallel body of work to my Ground Waters series, developing both simultaneously. I take the scenes, props and experiments that I use to create the miniature worlds for Ground Waters and photograph them on a simple white background.

The images in Sets and Tests capture my experimentation with the crystal-forming chemicals monoammonium phosphate (MAP) and alum. As chief scientist in these phantasmagorical environments, I test a variety of variables, including chemical growth on various materials, the effect of submerging an object in the liquid, and how added colors travel and disperse. To my continued amazement, the crystals always grow in somewhat unpredictable ways, allowing for wonderful accidents and surprising effects.

 

I play with shifting scale and isolating the models, allowing the viewer to closely observe their formal beauty, while giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse of my artistic process. At times, the rather mundane objects from my creative process suggest grand and poetic comparisons to our physical reality.  

Black Form for Refinery, Close
Black Form for Refinery, Close

Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Black Forms for Refinery
Black Forms for Refinery

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Black Form for Refinery, Grid
Black Form for Refinery, Grid

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Experiment with Model Tree
Experiment with Model Tree

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Wire Forms for Refinery, Left
Wire Forms for Refinery, Left

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Wire Forms for Refinery, Right
Wire Forms for Refinery, Right

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Test for Refinery
Test for Refinery

M.A.P., Wire and Tubing with Green Residue Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Test for Refinery
Test for Refinery

M.A.P. Wire, and Tubing, with Green Residue (detail) Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Test for Fence
Test for Fence

M.A.P. Wire with Green Coloring on Screening Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Experiment with Two Small Trees
Experiment with Two Small Trees

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Experiment in Cup
Experiment in Cup

with Wire Tree, Front Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Experiment in Cup
Experiment in Cup

with Wire Tree, Back Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Experiment in Plexi Cube
Experiment in Plexi Cube

with Wire and Hot Glue, Left Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Experiment in Plexi Cube
Experiment in Plexi Cube

with Wire and Hot Glue, Middle Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Experiment in Plexi Cube
Experiment in Plexi Cube

with Wire and Hot Glue, Right Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Sets and Tests Installation
Sets and Tests Installation

The artist with her work at Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver, CO

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Test for Refinery
Test for Refinery

M.A.P. on Wire and Tall Metal Tubing" Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Test for Studio Window
Test for Studio Window

M.A.P. with Blue Coloring, Paper and Sharpie Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Test for Studio Window
Test for Studio Window

M.A.P. with Blue Coloring and Paper, Back Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Test for Refinery
Test for Refinery

M.A.P. on Staples, Tubing, and Wire Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Set for ICA Video #1, Front
Set for ICA Video #1, Front

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Set for ICA Video #1, Back
Set for ICA Video #1, Back

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Tests for Rooms
Tests for Rooms

M.A.P. with Purple Coloring on Foam Core Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Experiment in Plexi Cube
Experiment in Plexi Cube

with Paint and Glitter Glue Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Green/Blue Chromatography Color Test
Green/Blue Chromatography Color Test

M.A.P. with Green Coloring on Foam Core Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Tests for Rooms
Tests for Rooms

M.A.P. with Orange Coloring on Foam Core Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Sets and Tests Installation
Sets and Tests Installation

Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver, CO

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Set for Room with Window Video Front
Set for Room with Window Video Front

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Set for Room with Window Video Back
Set for Room with Window Video Back

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Tests for ICA
Tests for ICA

M.A.P. with Green Coloring on Foam Core, with Sharpie Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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Set for ICA Video #2, Front
Set for ICA Video #2, Front

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Set for ICA Video #2, Back
Set for ICA Video #2, Back

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Test for Refinery
Test for Refinery

M.A.P. on Staples, Tubing, and Wire Archival Pigment Print 24"x 20"; 50"x 40" (including white border) edition of 6 in each size Contact me for purchase details

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