I’ve wanted to know why we get headaches when we read in moving cars? How, after the lights go out, we adapt to darkness after 22 seconds time? Why the atmospheric effect of the sunset makes us feel pleasure? Why standing on top of a mountain, looking into the air of distant space down in the valley, evokes a strange beautiful sensation?
A simple experiment: stare at a bright white light bulb for 22 seconds and watch as it turns blue. Now look as its image has been burned into your vision as an afterglow everywhere you look. Light is photons, and in the dark it requires more time for these scattered photons to fill the millions of rods and cones in our eye. This accounts for the 22 second delay and this is the phenomenon I explore in my work. At first glance one enjoys the image on one level, but after 22 seconds it takes on new life; new colors and details emerge, the light takes on a different quality, and its images seem to float and move around the page.
Each color in the light spectrum travel as a different wavelength. Blue light, for example, has a wavelength of approximately 475 nm. Because blue wavelengths are shorter then, say, red wavelengths, they are scattered more efficiently. This is why I use blue. I can mix it with other colors in the same equilibrium of intensity, even though their wavelengths are different, to create color and light that only exists in the eye using the afterglow effect. After 22 seconds an image burns into your eyes and then mixes with each new section of the painting you examine. You are enjoying the new image as it interferes and crosses with the old one still held by the afterglow in the eyes. The biology of your eye and the artistry of the piece combine to create the finished piece. Each color in this work is carefully selected to emit a particular wavelength and intensity to create the optimum visual effect.