"Primary" or the Blue Rose Project was created as an installation for SVA's Summer Residency Program:
Interdisipliary Practice in Bio Art 2017.
The blue rose does not exist in nature. In art and literature it has come to symbolize mystery and that which is unattainable. Scientists have tried to genetically create the blue rose in the lab, to no avail. It is this correlation of art and science coming together that we can only scratch the surface of bringing it into reality.
The primary color blue in itself has many cultural and psychological significances. Through the ages it has represented everything from the sky and sea to spirituality, authority, and melancholy. It has been at times a prized pigment, outweighing the value of gold.
The creation and history of the pigment blue has evolved since antiquity when the Egyptians mined the mineral azurite up until recently when scientists accidentally created a new blue pigment YlnMn in the electronic manufacturing process.
Each painting represents a different blue pigment base, and corresponds with a rose painting of the same base. Blurring the lines between, science, art, and the license those two have to try to create the obscure.