00 Scale Installation : Transmutation Orrery 2019


Chlorophilia : Artists : Paul Malone

About the artwork

This artwork is based around the theme of the chemistry of plant life. The 2 outer wagons have chlorophyllic imagery along with the 2 forms of Chlorophyll - alpha and beta. The inner wagon displays the equation of chemical transformation between sunlight and chlorophyll to make carbohydrates from which the plant derives its substance. The whole expresses the mechanical complexity and geometrical structures that underlying biological systems in the plant world. The mass of plants is presented as an ill fitting jigsaw of genetic possibilities - ready to be re-assembled to respond to its environment.

This series of artworks function as a commentary on the methodology of contemporary scientific model-making. In that instance we have seen the inadequacies of the process multiplied by the use of supercomputers. In these works, that potential for error is overcome by the use of the phenomenology of the model railway environment and associated mechanics.

I am fascinated by this novel perception of the everyday. The world is a very strange place to be, the realisation of which can strike at the unlikeliest of moments. It is only by the application of tenuous mythologies that this perception of reality is kept in place. My experience is that these meta-narratives undergo inversion with alarming regularity. I hope to interest my audiences in accompanying me on this journey; a dérive through strange and unfamiliar conceptual and perceptual landscapes.

About the artist

I have always been interested in how the physical world comes to be here; how it originated, how it maintains itself and what is its relationship to consciousness. Specifically, I am interested in experimenting with the perception of surfaces as a gateway into this domain.

I studied Fine Art at Reading University for B.A. Degree in 1976 and MFA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 1980. Since leaving college I have worked in studios based in the London districts of Waterloo, Greenwich and, most recently, Art in Perpetuity in Deptford.