The Shape of Emptiness

Metal, air compressor, silicone tubing, water, washing up liquid, plastic. 2017
Phot. Jed Niezgoda

Since Einstein and quantum physics – all material has disintegrated into abstraction, mostly empty space.  At the same time empty space is not empty but is seething with the activity of virtual particles appearing and getting annihilated again or what scientists call ‘quantum foam’.  ‘The Shape of Emptiness’ sees matter as a slightly parasitic entity that periodically invades, ingests and even spills out of its form. The expanding foam fills up an empty form creating an illusion of fullness and mass. But as the foam dissolves and recedes  it reveals its own emptiness and the ultimate lack of substance.