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“Cloud Science”

While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. Luke 9:34

I am interested in the esthetic of clouds.  I love science and wondered how we categorize and predict cloud behavior.  In September and October in Southern California, moisture from the south and the cooler air from the north combine to create dramatic bellows of clouds.  They are esthetically beautiful and dramatic to look at.  The drama and beauty also has its counterpart in the destructive nature of clouds, both from nature’s hurricanes and man’s mushroom clouds.  This exhibition looks at the contrast between the aesthetic of clouds versus the science of their being.

In order to produce the motifs I used pictures of clouds from meteorological textbook and website resources such as NOAA.  I also research forms of mushroom clouds from the early atmospheric test conducted during the “cold war”.  My intention was to modernize the pictorial space by combining and contrasting clouds with graphic elements or mediums such as painting and printmaking.  I could then explore what possible oeuvre could produce as “art”.  The goal was the investigation of clouds while producing something to look at.

Clouds hold many things to people.  Songs are written about them, people image angels in clouds and how many times have you looked into a cloud and see something in it?  Though my art has nothing to do with these things, it still recognizes that clouds are an integral part of our lives and is worthy of our attention.


I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all
Joni Mitchell “Both Sides”


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