by Gili Karev in New Art on Wednesday 19 June 2013

It’s an eye, it’s a silhouette, it’s a molecular cosmology! Actually no, it’s artist J.D. Doria’s awesome ink-photography-technology combination that makes tiny images look like the nucleus of universal structures as we know them. Doria uses a combination of acrylic, ink, glass colours and water on paper, then captures fragments of these amorphous creatures with a camera suspended above the page.

He then feeds the image into a 3D scanner, extrapolates particles and blows it up into a single frame. The result is what you see: like an atom in a galaxy, Doria’s pieces are sublime, philosophical inquiries into the ever-changing disorder of the world.

This act of transforming the inconsequential into the nucleus is at the heart of Doria’s aesthetic philosophy, and not unlike the subjective way in which we all live our lives. As minute details in this massive scheme of stars and stellar remnants, our lives are like the extrapolated microcosm of Doria’s painted and chaotic universe.

While we may be able to control our actions, the outcome remains a mystery, relying on the medium of whatever fate-like philosophy we choose to adhere to.

In these ephemeral pictures lie images of molecules, of galaxies, of mythical beasts and imaginative projections. His recent collection entitled “Impossible Creatures” is in fact a play on Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, a fantastical miscellany of patterns and shifting shapes that challenges familiar forms of nature and perception.

His work is not a product of overwhelming emotion or ineffable sensations, but rather a presentation of a thorough worldview that relies on the relationship between perceived and perceiver.