The Principle of Superposition: Abstract

Hayden Childers

The Principle of Superposition: Abstract  by Hayden Childers

In an attempt to create an abstract painting based on a physics theory, this represents the principle of superposition. This theory, when applied to optics, states that when two or more waves occur in the same place, the resulting wave is the sum of the amplitudes of each individual wave. In order to visually and abstractly illustrate this principle, the model was created using a closed shoebox and colored lights with a small hole to the inside. The painting reproduces the lights reflecting off the inside surface of the box. Without the influence of colored lights, the box would otherwise be black with a glossy, black pattern of lines.

This is a unique and creative way to literally and figuratively represent a theory. This artwork illustrates the principles of light optics, and the lines within the composition create an interesting and intangible space that makes the audience question what they are seeing. The lines create a seemingly never-ending network of objects which appear to float and resonate in front of a deep, empty space. It can be viewed and appreciated by anyone for its appealing color and paint application, but it can also be further valued for its innovative way of abstractly depicting the principle of superposition and combining the visual language of art with the spatial organization of physics. This artwork was carefully and deliberately created with oil paint in a process which demands high attention to detail and little room for error.

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