Originally uploaded by _Merlyn.
At the center of each of these pieces is a Pentium CPU chip from a notebook. Most of the chip is embedded under the acrylic paste only the mirrored square peeks out.
The Central Processing Unit is for me, the beating heart of the machine.
The works are painted with acrylic paint, normal colours and irridescent colours as well to match the iridescence that one can see in the tiny chip at the center of it all. My fascination with computer bits and colour finds a home on canvas.
These hearts, as cliche as they may be are important for me. Love is the counter balance to fear. It is the hope that we cling to, seek out and yearn for. With Valentine's day just passed it seems approriate to talk about it, after the fact.
I create these works of art, in part, to take a miniscule part of the electronic garbage we produce and do something constructive with it.
These Intel chips that I have in my collection are really beautiful things. Especially the notebook ones, even though they are tiny they are vital. I am just showing them off, surrounding them with colour and vibrancy, instead of them being tucked away in the hidden folds of the machine. When their lives are working parts are done, they are things to be honoured and admired, not tossed away on a dump site some place to polute and poison.
Until then, be excellent to each other.