This work is very optical. It is composed of several layers of material on steel. In a dimly lit environment, the viewer sees an image of a hail-producing wall cloud making a rare repetitious pattern called a Kelvin Helmholtz formation, which only lasts seconds before dissipating. I photographed that image in 2015 while chasing tornadoes with CNN's severe weather meteorologists in Kansas. When the environment is brightly lit, the viewer will see an underlying interference pattern beneath the photograph. These images are printed on two layers of perforated vinyl and attached to a mirror. This work is part of a series called WEATHER POEM that I began in 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: As seen in the photos, this artwork is highly reflective due to the mirrored surface. It will change at different angles and in different lighting. This is my intention.

- Jack R. Mesa


Ultrachrome, perforated vinyl, mirror, brushed steel on metal

Signed on back

36" h x 36" w x 1" d
10 lbs. 0 oz.



Jack R. Mesa
Oakland, California

Getting to Know Jack R.

Jack R. Mesa is a drummer and artist from Oakland, California. As a synesthete, his work explores the relationship between visual art and sound. Jack innately sees the two as being interrelated, and strives to depict the joy of music in visual terms. The result is unique, contemplative, and striking artwork, providing viewers a look into Jack’s “hidden” sense.