Michai Mathieu Morin

I am a self-taught artist, a lifelong student of the sciences, an inventor, a ponderer, builder, and tinkerer.  I am a Father and Husband with high functioning Asperger Syndrome.  It is something that makes me unique and I appreciate who I have become.  I consider myself, perhaps arrogantly as my wife generously proposes, to be one of the few remaining renascence men.  In a world where no one understands how or why anything works in the manner it does, I ask the why and how. 

I grew up with an extreme fascination of the hard sciences.  As a child, much to the irritation of my father, I would take apart pretty much everything to observe how it functioned.  Some of my earliest large non-fiction books I read were on quantum mechanics and artificial intelligence.  I also have a deep interest in ancient history and cultural origins.      

Prior to college I attended advanced Mathematics and Science programs for gifted students.  As per my personality, I drowned myself in the topics of astronomy, physics, and computer engineering.  At that time, my art was just a hobby but I did have a natural eye for the aesthetic.  After High School I studied astrophysics in college for a very short period but that abruptly ended due mostly to my youthful attention span.  I subsequently left the US during my first year of college and at 19, traveled Europe and the Middle East.  In my travels I became acquainted with the art of cooking.  This led me to return to the US and after both a Culinary degree and a Business degree, I started a rather successful career as an Executive Chef. As a Chef I worked in cities like Washington DC, Baltimore, Portland, Philadelphia, and Arlington to name a few. However, I eventually grew bored of the industry and decided to go back to college again where I studied Policy at Penn State. After Penn State I moved back to Maine and got a job for the State as a Law Enforcement Officer, where I continue to work.

Despite my current profession it has been my goal for the majority of my adult life to make a living from my creative outlet and only in the past couple years has that dream started to come to fruition.  Being creative in any manner brings me so much joy and now that I am older I understand fully the importance of happiness in life.  I cherish the reflection of self I have during the process of creation and I equally love sharing my work with others.        

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It is difficult to describe my preferred medium.  If so pressed, I would describe my art as Abstract Digital Sculpture.  I enjoy making scenes that play with light, refraction, shape, material, and contrast.  I like to think my work invokes a sense of wonder and mystery of what lies just outside the rendered display and the viewer's perspective. 

I love curves and the natural beauty of spheres.  I am fascinated by how light plays on their surface and how it's manipulated when traveling through them.  This is why they are found in many of my pieces.  I have also studied human vision, artistic composition,and have researched optical psychology.  I use this garnered knowledge to enhance my work to create pieces that both visually and mentally stimulate the viewer.  

I chose, or didn’t choose depending on perspective, to use digital art as my medium mostly because of my interest in computers and my inability to maintain fine motor movements.  I have been building computers since the early 90's and that's when I found my creative outlet in digital art.  I build my computers that render my art from the ground up one component at a time. The power and heat generated from rendering my work requires me to build custom liquid cooling systems to keep the graphics and computer processing units from overheating.  I enjoy employing the math and problem solving needed to construct my computers.    

I like to believe that my art is the marriage of physical technologies and the visual beauty of abstract art. As an artist I find myself growing and learning rapidly.  My aim is to eventually design large commission and installation pieces to effect even larger groups of people.  Until that point I hope to continue helping Digital Art become even more socially accepted as a legitimate fine art medium.  

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  “I don't want to earn my living, I want to live.”
― Oscar Wilde

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