“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. So the unknown, the mysterious, is where art and science meet."

-Albert Einstein

Human Nature

   Micah’s paintings are an exploration of the unknown and the importance of its relationship to scientific and human advancement. If he had to use just two words to describe his work it would be “scientific surrealism”. Science describes the source of inspiration and subject matter, and surrealism describes the visionary style. The two words, however, describe much more on a deeper, more conceptual level as well. It is how these two words contrast, but also relate, that teaches us what the work is really about.

   Science is a conscious observation of our reality and a quest for facts and truth. In Micah’s art this is represented by a variety of biological elements, often microscopic or beneath the surface. They are the hidden beauties such as single-celled radiolarians, a microscopic view of a bee’s eye, or our own anatomy right down to the cellular level and beyond. 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. This is represented in the work by altering the inspirations from science as well as adding subconscious creative elements.

   By taking these two concepts and blending them as one, Micah shows that they are not only both part of our reality but are a symbiotic pair. Imagination, creativity, and wonder feed scientific advances, and without the unknown there would be no quest for knowledge. At the same time, what we discover as scientific truth doesn’t dismiss the unknown. In fact, it only reveals more mystery, as the known and unknown feed each other in a continuous loop

-Micah Ofstedahl