Original acrylic painting, 36″ h x 48 ” w, on 1.5″ deep canvas (heavy duty wood stretcher supports). Canvas is stretched around the edges and painting is continued around the sides.
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Density States is a painting about Chemical Physics (or Molecular Quantum mechanics) with a lot of sneaky inorganic and organometallic chemistry. A painter’s nod to molecular quantum mechanics in acrylic, glass and metal foil. This is a fun piece for anyone who has an interest in Chemistry. It could be a focal piece of art for a Chemist, Physicist or Material Scientists office, a nice tenure gift for a faculty member, a nice retirement gift etc, or even office art with talking points for both art and science for a department common area or department head.
There are areas of study at the interface of Chemistry and Physics. Molecular Quantum Mechanics and branches of Chemical Physics try to get a detailed look at what the electrons in molecules and materials are doing. This detailed view helps model and predict fairly subtle behaviors and properties of molecules and materials. For example, a good calculation and good understanding of what the electrons are doing can help pinpoint which atoms of a molecule participate in a reaction, and what their geometry looks like, the color and optical properties of a substance, and other properties. Density of states can be simplified as “how many states can an electron access”? How many quantum mechanical situations are there for each electron? A high density of states becomes important for properties like conduction.
The acrylic washes in the background are arranged in layers connected by drips, suggesting the quantum mechanical energy levels and transitions available to electrons in a complex molecule. Zig Zag raised lines, used to define areas on the painting, also allude to graphs of electronic properties (density of states) from Chemical Physics and Molecular Quantum Mechanics. The integrals and equations used to set up a numerical quantum mechanical approximation for molecular electronic states pepper the background. Several complex organometallic molecules and one nanoparticle are represented in the foreground, standing out as textural relief from the background of the painting. These molecules all have interesting catalytic properties and a higher electronic density of states than typical organic molecules with delocalized electrons.
Glass and metal foil are used to highlight different areas of the piece along with extrusion techniques to create three dimensional lines. Extruded acrylic was used to create three dimensional molecular diagrams on the surface of the painting. Areas with a high electron density or high electron delocalization were gilded and metal atoms were gilded and given additional surface treatments. Good molecules get a halo.