Project Description


KINEMATIC represents a moment in flow. 

In the series, Paula Crown employs a water and graphite drawing method to survey concepts of landscape, surface, texture, materiality, time, and environmentalism. The series starts from an investigation into liquid graphite and water, two materials that, like oil and water, do not mix. The poured liquid graphite flows in water creating a dynamic and ephemeral composition, an exploration of drawing on water with solids. The resulting forms are photographed and printed on flex gesso and polished stainless steel, reminiscent of the earth’s topography and photos taken from space, while also evoking the wonder of cosmology and space

Like the title from which the series derives, the artworks explore the definition of kinematics: “the branch of mechanics concerned with the motion of objects without reference to the forces which cause the motion.” Crown combines the potential of sophisticated technology with empirical knowledge from the artist’s studio, mixing analog with highly specialized innovation. This mirrors the artist’s core intent to create physical objects that embody the desire to grasp the ineffable. 

In the context of Crown’s commitment to environmentalism and advocacy against the proliferation of waste and single-use plastics, the intensity of neon in some of the KINEMATIC surfaces casts a vibrant, alarming, and unnatural atmosphere.