Phil Samson Studio
Phil Samson Studio

Artist Statement

My research is focused on genetic and biological scientific efforts intervening in the natural order of plant-based resources.


I interact with UNT‘s genetic engineering scientists as they seek to make plants more resilient, useful, and bountiful.


Using their research, processes, and results to inform my works, I manipulate, massage, and mix contemporary mediums (e.g., acrylic plastic, resin) with traditional sculpture, fiber and painting mediums.


My sculptures in parts are translucent that sometimes interact vividly with light from the visible and ultraviolet spectrums. These elements are informed by observing researchers as they illuminate microscope structures with ultraviolet light to observe their research’s progress.  Other sculptural elements reflect vaguely biological infrastructure often invisible to the naked eye.


These sculptures illuminate science’s fingerprints deep inside nature.  A nature that has been significantly degraded and now need science to help save.


It is normal to be anxious about science rapidly advancing into uncharted territory, as well as anxious that science is not advancing fast enough.  I seek to express scientific wonder and anxiety while providing visual stimulation for the analytical mind using forms that straddle the space between biologically representational and the wholly unknown.

 

 


 

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