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- "If famed surrealist Salvador Dali had developed an interest in microscopes, his art might have looked like the paintings of Ashland artist Micah Ofstedahl."...
View the rest of the feature article here in The Daily Tidings from Dec. 17, 2012
- Listen to a radio/online interview archived at artistsonart.net, originally aired on KZSC 88.1FM on September 5th, 2011.
"Arresting, beautiful, gently confrontational, tightly executed, playful and elegant." -collector
More About the Art and the Mission:
If I had to use just two words to describe my work it would be “scientific surrealism”. "Scientific" describes the source of inspiration and subject matter, and "surrealism" describes the visionary style. The two words, however, describe much more on a deeper conceptual level. It is how these two words relate as well as contrast that reveals the purpose of my work. Science is a conscious observation of our reality and a quest for facts and truth. Surrealism, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. It is more of an unguided journey through the subconscious. It is our dreams and imaginations, the unknown, and creativity. By using these two concepts and blending them as one, I show that they are not only both part of our reality but are a symbiotic pair. Imagination, creativity, and wonder inspire scientific advances, and without the unknown there would be no quest for knowledge. At the same time, what we discover as scientific fact doesn’t dismiss the unknown. In fact, new discoveries often open up a whole new set of questions, and the known and unknown feed each other in a continuous loop. In this often divided world I attempt to blend science and imagination and believe that by applying this to our lives we can tap into our full potential as individuals as well as a society.
More on the scientific inspiration:
The scientific elements which I include in my work are those that I find beautiful and also inspire wonder and mystery. I often look to exploratory microscopic images and those that are beneath the surface. These elements are often the hidden foundations of our everyday world. This may include biological elements such as single-celled radiolarians, the facets of a bee's eye, a pollen grain, and our anatomy right down to the cellular level. I am also inspired by patterns in nature such as that of veins, tree branches, and rivers, or the geometry that exists often at the microscopic level. Discovering new things about science and nature is what keeps me going as an artist, and there is plenty of inspiration out there. With my art I hope to expose those inspirations to others.
All works © Micah Ofstedahl Arts 2012