Population

  

I saw a short film many years ago, before the internet called Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames. It was meant to be a lesson on how adding a zero to a number affects the scale, but the top-down perspective on the earth that was featured in the film had a lasting impact on my work. The film starts with a recognizable scene of a picnic in the park and zooms out from there to light-years away and then zooms in to the subatomic realm. This type of top-down imagery is no big deal now that we have such easy access to satellite imagery on the internet, but back then, the neat geometry of the boats and docks meeting the sea, the square picnic blanket atop the field bordered by roads was very high-impact. These are the things I like to look at and reference in my paintings and notice on airplane rides.

Even before the start of the Pandemic, I was experimenting with layering different scales and perspectives on the same plane. We grow our food in neat rows on square and circular fields and when that food is consumed, it interacts with our body on a cellular level, which is partly why I like to layer cellular like structures with more zoomed out geological structures and cellular populations with human populations.

I hope this information doesn’t take away from your enjoyment of the work. I like to let the work speak for itself and be interpreted however the viewer would like to interpret it. Thanks for taking the time to look!

Jessica Scriver