This piece is part of a new series of works that mixes hand and laser cutting to create an incredibly detailed and varied visual texture making multiple references: coral, bacteria, pathogens, diatoms, fungi etc...Each motif is however completely fictive and imagined; it is this interplay between the imagination and the "real" world that fascinates me, reality is transformed and estranged through the creative process which paradoxically makes the finished work more real and unique.
After studying the Human Microbiome for a commissioned work, I became fascinated by the idea of the vast and diverse colony of bacteria that inhabits our body and lives in harmony with it. I therefore wanted to create an icon of diverse microbiological motfs arranged in a simple harmonious composition.
The circle of the title refers not only to the shape of the petri dish and microscope lens but also to the Buddhist mandala, as these pieces encourage meditation on the beauty and intricacy of the natural world as well as the artistic imagination that transforms it.

Magic Circle Variation 6
Magic Circle Variation 6
Hand and laser cut paper
96x94x10cms or 38x37x4 inches
2015