Emily Chimiak, artist and engineer. Art inspired by scientific observations – molecules in solution, particle movement after the Big Bang

From an e-mail conversation with Emily:

…My chemical engineering background has certainly affected my work. For instance, chemistry and mesothermodynamics classes showed me that despite how still and stable objects appear to the naked eye, they move constantly at a molecular level, guided by invisible fluctuations in energy.  Impressed by this, I decided to make my paintings about movement.  I paint what I know, what I have learned.  Aside from school, my family members are mostly chemists and engineers and household discussions familiarize me with the latest news in the science world.

…Genesis at Epsilon and The Moments After Are More Than the Moments Before are my favorite paintings because they are my clearest explanation of how I see.  Genesis at Epsilon portrays the dramatic movement of molecules and stars, which is a refreshing break from how life often appears.  The objects in the foreground are much larger than the dots at the origin; it is as if an explosion has occured a fraction of a moment after the Big Bang, a fraction of a moment after God spoke the world into existence.  The Moments After Are More Than the Moments Before gives the appearance of solids spontaneously forming in a soupy mixture.  Viewers look at it for a longer period of time than my other paintings.  As if gazing at a cloud or a lava lamp, they appear relaxed and tell me that they see a bird, or, no wait, a knight on a horse.  

…I can talk about my painting process.   It involves little planning.  I will read or see something and immediately race to make the first mark.  After that, I use rules of composition to balance the product.  I imagine that my painting is a reaction about to occur.  I mix colorful solutions, and watch the substances try to diffuse into a harmonious relationship.  The canvas is my system.  The rules of composition have a similar result to laws in a physical system.  When one side of the canvas becomes too densely populated, marks rush over to the other side. 

Please view two of Emily’s series of paintings, “Origin” and “Nature” here:

Press releases and news of upcoming shows also available on the site.

You may contact Emily at emily_chimiak@hotmail.com and she recommends “Nature Loves to Hide” by Shimon Malin, a sidestory incorporated into a book on quantum physics.