The Magician-Artista-Eli-2011

The Magician-Artista-Eli-2011

One of the most important aspects of ‘The Human Condition’ is passing knowledge on to future generations. As ‘social animals’ we have the ability to do this very effectively, setting us apart from other species on the planet. For thousands of years we have investigated the unknown. The first ‘scientists’ were called ‘Magi’ and studied the stars, asking all the important questions in the form of philosophy. Then they became Alchemists, trying to turn base metals into gold. These early ‘scientists’ where often called ‘Magicians’. The difference between a ‘scientist’ and a ‘magician’, is that a scientist has proved a hypothesis to be true and has created an experiment, which can be repeated with the same outcome,  which can be performed by someone else. Until the time that an experiment can prove a hypothesis, the scientist remains a ‘Magician’. We live in exciting times and I wanted to get this across in my painting. Science is now easily accessible  to the ‘layman’ and I have put books in my paintings showing some of the more interesting and easily understandable texts. Most of my painting is about particle physics, a subject I find absolutely awesome. I once watched a T.V programme where the presenter said that if you took out all the moisture from everyone in the world and squashed us together, then our all our particles would be the size of a sugar cube! Ideas such as this, make me realise what a miracle life is.  Another area I find fascinating is the nature of time.  It is amazing to think that time does not exist in ‘reality’ and only exists because of our perception of it and the fact we have gravity and rotating planets. What is especially interesting is the knowledge we are now gathering about the brain and how it relates to the physical world. Science for me is Spiritual. It is about multiple realities and inovative thought. It links every thing in existence together. It is based on proving a theory, and then someone else proving that theory wrong, and then coming up with an even more exciting one. It is like one giant mathematical jigsaw puzzle with no sides or corners. It is infinite! Now that’s awesome!