blow up 257 - the long goodbye - subatomic decay patterns and the Eta Carinae nebula, 2015


High gloss paint and ink on panel

60.00 x 48.00 in

152.4 x 121.9 cm

This work is signed.


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blow up 257 - the long goodbye - subatomic decay patterns and the Eta Carinae nebula is from Kysa Johnson’s new body of work that uses notated subatomic decay patterns to represent the birth, life, and death, or “long goodbye,” of celestial entities. The processes of the universe have long sparked Johnson’s interest; and in this series she draws inspiration from the formation of stars in nebulae and their eventual demise in supernova. Johnson uses the “beautiful looping pathways” of particle decay to paint celestial happenings, from the Orion Nebula cluster, to young and proto stars, to dying stars in the Milky Way, finding a correlation between the cycle of birth, transformation, and collapse at the very smallest and largest boundaries of our physical reality. These images are built up from hundreds of ink marks that are fluidly rendered and organic in shape on a rich black background. 

Courtesy of Morgan Lehman Gallery 

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