Lorna McIntosh

Lorna McIntosh nsIn art science, Lorna McIntosh (c.1985-) is a Scottish artist noted for her Elective Affinities themed artwork, some of which is shown below, which also includes the far from equilibrium notions of Ilya Prigogine, among other related concepts, closed system, open system, etc..

McIntosh completed a residency in 2011 at Balmungo House, during which time and or since she explored German polymath Johann Goethe’s thinking in his novel as well as undertaken a wide study of other thinkers such as chemistry pioneer Robert Boyle (1627-1691), meteorology pioneer Luke Howard (1772-1864), whom Goethe communicated with, and geology pioneer James Hutton (1726-1797).

Her interests focus on physics, geology, and the way that seemingly discrete scientific disciplines are connected at a deeper level; in this view, she combines her thinking, reading, research, and observations into artistic representation, mainly oil on canvas.

2012 gallery
The following are works from McIntosh's 2012 gallery at the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh: [2]

Kinships by choice
(Oil on paper 57.5 x 76.5cm )
They seek each other out, attract, seize, destroy
(Oil on paper 57.5 x 76.5cm)

kinships by choiceThey seek each other out, attract, seize, destroy
The title of this piece seems to be named on the 1960 Herbert Waidson English translation of Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften which was done under the title of Kindred by Choice. The grouping of similar pieces by size and, for the pieces towards the bottom, and orientation, seems to indicative of Plato's first law of affinity: likes tend towards likes, or something along these lines. This title seems to be based on Goethe's 23 Oct 1799 comment to Friedrich Schiller (see: Goethe timeline):

Crebillon … treats the passions like playing cards, that one can shuffle, play, reshuffle, and play again, without their changing at all. There is no trace of the delicate, chemical affinity, through which they attract and repel each other, reunite, neutralize [each other], separate again and recover.”

The aggregate to the left above seems to be the entities (humans or chemicals) neutralizing or "destroying" each other.

Closed system
(Oil on paper 57.5 x 76.5cm)
Exits the system
(Oil on paper 57.5 x 76.5cm)

Closed systemExits the system
The title of this piece seems to be based on the thermodynamic definition of closed system as one with a regulated (black particles) boundary (black line) that is closed to the flow of matter (tan, gray, and light brown particles). The title of this piece, expanding on the theme of previous, seems to depict the boundary becoming "open" allowing the passage or migration of gray, brown, and tan entities across its territory; alternatively, the boundary might be shown here in a state of destruction or new reconfiguration?

Vitriolated calcareous earth
(Oil on paper 57.5 x 76.5cm)
Lime and vitriol
(Oil on paper 50 x 56.5cm)

Vitriolated calcareous earthLime and vitriol
The title of this piece is the expanded name for gypsum, the formation of which, namely limestone contacted with sulfuric acid, is discussed in P1:C4, wherein the Captain-Edward friendship formation is compared to the gypsum and may be themed on Bergman reaction #20 (see: EA:IAD: reaction decipherment); gypsum is also mentioned in P2:C3, wherein the tiles of the chapel floor are described as being fastened together with gypsum. Vitriol is a synonym of sulfuric acid (mentioned # times in the novella); lime is mentioned three times in the novella. [3]

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Far from equilibrium
(Oil on paper 57.5 x 76.5cm)

Far from equilibrium

The title of these piece seems to be a depiction, in some way, of Belgian chemist Ilya Prigogine's 1970s notion of order emerging, from chaos, at locations "far from equilibrium"; the sketch may show notions of bifurcation points or diagrams (right side).

Some of her other works, from her 2012 gallery, less easily discerned, as to possible Goethe-connectedness, are shown below:

McIntosh 1McIntosh 2McIntosh 3McIntosh 4
McIntosh 5McIntosh 6McIntosh 7

See also
René Magritte (1898-1967) | Elective Affinities (1933 painting)
Wolfe von Lenkiewicz

1. Sutherland, Giles. (2012). “Quite, Understated Works of Beauty and Thought” (blog), The Times, Jun 11.
2. Lorna McIntosh – OpenEyeGallery.co.uk.
3. Goethe, Johann. (1872). Elective Affinities (introduction by Victoria C. Woodhull; translator anonymous) (Lime, pgs. 40, 42, 75; ). D.W. Niles.

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