Physis is a Greek term woven through theology, philosophy, and science, representing the primal growth force of nature. It is often translated into English as simply “nature.” The term stands in opposition to nomos meaning “law” or “custom.” These contrasting terms call forth a debate on which elements of human existence are natural and which are due to social convention.
Of physis, Plato remarked, “Because those who use the term [physis] mean to say that nature is the first creative power; but if the soul turns out to be the primeval element, and not fire or air, then in the truest sense and beyond other things the soul may be said to exist by nature.”
With this body of work, Mantis presents never-before-seen imagery of gemstones captured using innovative photomicroscopy techniques. From these found compositions, subjects seem “to grow or appear” in unique ways, exercising the viewer's imagination and providing an opportunity for self-reflection at a deeper level.
But what are we reflecting? Do we find ourselves in the chaos? The abstract? In the ideas we name? Or are we more than what we see and feel and know? Physis suggests we are.
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Our photographic prints are created using a specialty, large-format fine art printer designed to produce archival, museum-grade prints. They are true "chromogenic" prints: light-sensitive paper exposed in a darkroom using state-of-the-art lasers to produce the sharpest possible image. Click on the icons below to learn more or click here to explore further.
Our photographic prints are available in one of two finishes: glossy and lustre. Glossy prints have a rich, silky saturation and are great for environments where the lighting and reflections have been carefully thought through. Lustre prints have a bright, sparkle-like finish that diffuses reflections and are therefore more versatile for environments where the lighting and reflections are less under your control.
Your print comes with two certificates of authenticity hand-signed by the artist and the printmaker: one that you will affix to the finished piece and one that remains standalone. Additionally, your print's provenance is tracked and verified using state-of-the-art digital blockchain encryption technology. Learn more.
Our acrylic glass displays are ready-to-hang works of art that contain one of our photographic prints sealed between flame-polished acrylic glass and an aluminum backing. A hidden mounting brace on the rear causes the display to gracefully "float" off the wall for a sleek, modern frameless look that complements nearly any decor style. Click on the icons below to learn more or click here to explore further.