Hazel Pitt

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Title of artwork: THE DOUBLE SLIT EXPERIMENT by Hazel Pitt

Three A4 landscape artworks; influenced by the ‘Double Slit Experiment’ coupled with the theories of the quantum physicist Arthur M. Young.
The ‘Double Slit Experiment’ demonstrates that when photons are fired through two narrow adjacent slits in a screen and the image of the light that passes through the slits is observed on a second screen, the photons behave in ways which seem to defy the laws of physics. Not only can they appear in two places at the same time but also behave differently when they are being observed, than when they are not being observed. Scientists are baffled by these findings and have admitted that the questions being asked are beyond the realms of science and fall more into the area of philosophy.
The quantum physicist Arthur M. Young claimed that light is spiritual and that ‘science finds a spiritual element at the foundation of things’. He illustrates this by describing photons as being particles of light which are without physical properties and that do not exist in either time or space. Although Young appears to be a man with deep scientific understanding, he also believes that science can contribute to spiritual teaching. When I read about the Double Slit experiment, I was reminded of Young’s humility and refreshing lack of human arrogance, in simply accepting the wonderment of not knowing all of the answers. His ideas of light being spiritual, seem to resonate with the particle dynamics in the Double Slit Experiment; where the photons do not behave as we expect them to, thus raising more philosophical rather than scientific questions.
It was my intention for the resulting artworks to disrupt the senses, in the same way the photons are playing with, disobeying our known laws of physics. The use of light and abstracted geometric forms were used in an attempt to capture a magical, spiritual atmosphere along with a scientific quality. The resulting montages having been generated by hand, in order to arrive at a more human, craft based outcome. The accompanying text is by Arthur M. Young.