Iodine Sky is the name given to the collection of lighted art showcased on this site. All pieces are designed and constructed by David Mahawili, a designer and artist based in Grand Rapids, MI. Frames are constructed of laser-cut MDF and are lighted by proprietary LED modules.
I'm both an artist and an engineer, and yet neither one by itself is my true passion; what truly motivates me is a deep wonder and appreciation of the universe, both physical and experiential. There are few things more satisfying to me than using my technical skill set to create something that fixes a mood or sensation into physical reality. I bring this mindset with me into both my artistic endeavors and the engineering design work I do for my clients. It's my spiritual practice and the means through which I explore the cosmos.
The idea for these illuminated pieces originated in 2016 when I built a lighted frame around a 26x26" canvas print of a drawing by another artist. The drawing — a surreal representation of a woman's face — was inspiring to me, and I wanted to "shed light" on her solemn demeanor. The project initiated a personal transformation I hadn't expected, as if her familiar expression was beckoning me to explore dormant personal qualities waiting to be brought to life. The illuminated pieces I make today are the result of following that thread of original inspiration.
Iodine means "violet-colored" in Greek, a reference to the color that symbolizes the edge of what can be known and what is yet to be perceived. I view the creative process as a walk down the shoreline of the unconscious, excited to uncover the next thing I don't know.