This is my most recent painting that I just finished this year. I was going for the idea of discovery and exploration crossing into imagination and the impossible. So far, this sort of stretch of science and subconsious can only be preformed through the arts, whether its through movies, books, or paintings like this one.
I asked my friend Jason Peterson to assist in writing his own version of my artist statement to give it a more scholarly appeal, this is what he wrote:
The human mind is a constantly evolving landscape wherein the fragments of reality combine with the unknown to create a lucid atmosphere, both anxiously charged and terrifying, which allows us to draw on our experiences and play them out in alternate realities that force us to question the possible.
In The Discovery, Todd has attempted to capture this realm of meta-consciousness by stationing the subjects in the dark and uncharted depths of the ocean, and by mixing the elements of reality (technology and it’s growing reach of discovery) and the extraordinary (the once-self-propelled and inorganically-conscious Tin Man of Oz) in a circumstantial relationship that tests the very boundaries of the possible, and at once comments on the tenuous malleability of hard science in the face of new physics.