For the past ten years Michael J. Marshall’s work has explored the intersections of science and the left brained sensibility of intuition and emotion, a mirror of his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Studio Art. Over that time the work has evolved from delicate platinum prints to his current mixed media constructions of digital printing, encaustic and wood. He has a BA degree from Kenyon College, and MFA from Arizonia State University, and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of Photography at the University of Georgia.
I am captivated by the age-old schisms of Western thought sometimes known as the Cartesian split. It is that collision of paradigms between faith and empiricism, logic and intuition, embodiments of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Science attempts to define that which I do not understand, solid ground for my uncertainties. It is through a science degree and an understanding of the physical world that I first sought a relationship with my surroundings. But the world seems no less full of mystery and magic because of it. My perceptions, and hence my images, often function more like faith, only to point a finger at ineffable experience and mystery.