Chalcopyrite II. 2016
       
     
Morganite II. 2016
       
     
Labradorite II. 2016
       
     
Willemite (RGB). 2015
       
     
Liroconite (RGB). 2015
       
     
Thenardite (RGB). 2015
       
     
Cuprite (RGB). 2015
       
     
Sulphur. 2014
       
     
Rutile. 2014
       
     
Sphalerite. 2014
       
     
Siderite. 2014
       
     
Chalcopyrite II. 2016
       
     
Chalcopyrite II. 2016

AMERICAN "MINERALS" (2014-2016)

“Minerals” are a mash-up of pop culture, sociology, scientific data and the raw beauty of stones. These large acrylic paintings show crystal shapes against the backdrop of scientific mineral data that has been reinterpreted as scales of human traits. Each mineral property (hard, dense, lustrous, etc.) is represented by the face of a widely recognized persona plucked from the spectrum of a contemporary American's cultural references. The American "Minerals" series was later redeveloped using faces that are famous in Japan, proving that – regardless of culture – a cliché, a stereotype or a façade always hides something more complex.

The Mineralogical Scales (American Interpretation): 

High Hardness: Clint Eastwood, the quintessential tough guy in American cinema

Low Hardness: Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, fictional marshmallow brand mascot

High Color: Barry White, African-American soul musician

Low Color: Jack Black, white American actor

High Streak (true color): Severus Snape, hard-to-pin character from the Harry Potter series

Low Streak (true color): Judas Iscariot, double-crossing disciple of Christ

High Transparency: Abraham Lincoln, American president with the nickname “Honest Abe”

Low Transparency: Kim Jong Il, North Korean dictator

High Luster (diamond-like): Elizabeth Taylor, actress known for her love of diamonds

Low Luster (greasy): Danny Zuko, oily-haired main character from the musical “Grease”

High Cleavage: Dolly Parton, buxom singer-songwriter

Low Cleavage: Keira Knightley, lithe actress with a flat chest

High Habit/Form (shape): Chris Christie, defiantly obese politician

Low Habit/Form (shape): Kate Moss, supermodel waif of the 1990s

High Density: Paris Hilton, heiress and dumb blonde archetype

Low Density: Albert Einstein, scientist whose name is synonymous with intelligence

High Symmetry: Parvati, many-armed Hindu goddess

Low Symmetry: Owen Wilson, crooked-nosed actor

High Chemistry: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, A-list couple famous for their romance

Low Chemistry: Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, taboo couple who were once stepfather and stepdaughter

Morganite II. 2016
       
     
Morganite II. 2016
Labradorite II. 2016
       
     
Labradorite II. 2016
Willemite (RGB). 2015
       
     
Willemite (RGB). 2015

Acrylic and acrylic transfer on linen.
20" x 20"

Liroconite (RGB). 2015
       
     
Liroconite (RGB). 2015

Acrylic and acrylic transfer on linen.
20" x 20"

Thenardite (RGB). 2015
       
     
Thenardite (RGB). 2015

Acrylic and acrylic transfer on linen.
20" x 20"

Cuprite (RGB). 2015
       
     
Cuprite (RGB). 2015

Acrylic and acrylic transfer on linen.
20" x 20"

Sulphur. 2014
       
     
Sulphur. 2014
Rutile. 2014
       
     
Rutile. 2014
Sphalerite. 2014
       
     
Sphalerite. 2014
Siderite. 2014
       
     
Siderite. 2014