Oliver Marsden is interested in how a painting can change its form or meaning depending upon how one interacts with it physically, temporal issues, ones internal chemistry and variance in ambient light levels. He creates sculptural paintings, which act to fuse a sensual appreciation of the natural and scientific, where the random or organic meets mathematic structure. Deceptively simple, they have a hypnotic quality and can be seen as a form of psychedelic minimalist endeavor.
This work from a series which he calls Kymas, are inspired by light and water, combined with an interest in the resonance and vibrations of music, energy flow and waveforms. Marsden has sculpted seven Kymas since his first in 2005. His process and approach has differed subtly each time, experimenting with surface material. These waveforms are created by hand without the use of mathematical models, are dependent on eye and touch, carved and refined until the surface flows in a hypnotic meditative manner.