Jordan Plotnek is an internationally nomadic abstract expressionist painter. He devotes his life to solving some of humanity’s most pressing issues through professional pursuits in multiple fields, including: cybersecurity, counter-terrorism, and cyber-physical conflict. Inspired by the moral challenges of these endeavours, Jordan’s artwork explores themes surrounding the nature of humankind and human society at large.
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My artwork was born from my experiences as a military engineer and security scientist and is a reflection of my ongoing struggle with the nature of humankind and what it means to be human. On an individual level we can be full of love, acceptance, empathy, and kindness, but as a whole we are often aggressive, destructive, hateful, and divisive – the sole reason that my scientific field exists. I am troubled by this duality and my art is where I process these thoughts and emotions and try to better understand what we are and who we have become as a species.
In line with the human-centric theme, my artwork is intrinsically human in nature. I paint on the floor to allow my body to move freely as I apply raw visceral streaks of deep natural colours using a palette knife. The bulk of my work is created by layering these streaks to build up intricate textures and emotive visuals through colour and abstracted figures and shapes.
My life as a digital nomad significantly influences my methods and the way I work, and I will often gain inspiration from my constantly changing environment. I prefer working on large canvases that block everything else out and leave the viewer immersed in the emotion of the work. I do this in acrylic as it allows me to most quickly and fluently transfer my turbulent thoughts and emotions whilst staying focused on the subject matter.
Jordan’s life as an artist began in childhood; raised by a painter mother and musician father, and attending both art and music school. Once completing his engineering degree Jordan commissioned into the military where he was exposed to a world centred on human conflict and aggression, where lethal violence and destruction would be desensitised; and sometimes even celebrated. In time this hyper-awareness of the human capacity for such atrocities resulted in a debilitating anxiety and depression.
It was at this point that Jordan rediscovered painting, which he has practiced professionally ever since; complementing his ongoing scientific endeavours with an artistic investigation into the human condition. His work quickly proved to be successful; having been internationally collected, commissioned, and gallery represented within the first month.
Given the subject-matter Jordan’s artwork can be described as captivating yet sometimes uncomfortable, luring the viewer in and provoking them to engage with their own psyche and question the world around them. His methods and influences are largely informed by his nomadic lifestyle, working primarily on large unstretched canvases and with an equal focus on texture and visuals. Jordan’s style is best described as abstract expressionist or lyrical abstract.