TNG: What does a typical day in the studio look like for you?
NM: I always start my day by walking my dog. New York City is such a massive and busy place it can be hard for me to wrap my head around, but getting to see the city through my dog's eyes makes everything feel a bit more manageable. After that I might grab a coffee and get to work - this usually involves some combination of research, documentation, and of course a great deal of coding. You might find me on the couch flipping through a math textbook or chatting with other artists, or at my desk working on a website or sketching out a new algorithm.
TNG: What is your creative process for starting a new body of work or exhibition?
NM: My process often starts with a mathematical or computational concept - a single idea that I think could translate into something beautiful.
TNG: What artists or artworks have inspired you the most in your career?
NM: Certainly the biggest influence on my career has been my time as a student and teacher at the School for Poetic Computation - I have learned an incredible amount and gained the confidence and mindset of an artist from the SFPC community.
TNG: As an artist working with digital media in the Web3 world, how important do you think it is that your work gets exhibited in a physical gallery space?
NM: Exhibiting at a physical gallery space is extremely important to me. For viewers it offers a tangible and immersive experience and allows them to create a deeper and more memorable connection to the artwork. For artists it provides an opportunity to reach a broader audience beyond the digital realm.
TNG: How did you discover "Processing" and how did you integrate that in your way of creating art?
NM: Growing up I was never very good with my hands - whether I was sketching with a pencil or molding clay I was never successful in creating what I had in my head. As an adult I fell in love with mathematics and programming, and these quickly became a creative - albeit non-visual - outlet for me. It was only after discovering Dave Whyte’s work on Tumblr that I realized that math and code didn’t have to just be words and symbols. For me Processing was a natural way to express my ideas and allowed me to convey the ideas in my head in ways that a paint brush never could.
TNG: What do you want to convey to your audience?
NM: The most important thing for me is to spark curiosity in my audience. When someone sees my work I want them to ask “What’s going on here?” or “How was this made?”. I find so much beauty and elegance in the numbers and algorithms I use, I just want other people to see what I see.
TNG: What fascinates you about generative art?
NM: Generative art provides a platform for me to delve into the exploration of complex systems and mathematical ideas. Utilizing algorithms to simulate and visualize intricate patterns and phenomena, and create mesmerizing and thought-provoking artworks that reflect the beauty and complexity I find in numbers and the natural world.