Artist’s Statement

My work is rooted in 20th century abstract art. Minimalism especially, which speaks to the rational and essential, is central to the way I think about creating art.  My ideas come from the concepts of structure, order and rhythm, both in nature and society.  Number, word, unit, symbol, pattern, sequence, ratio and cycle are core constructs. Shape, in particular the square and its diagonal triangle, and size are dominant in my vocabulary.  

 

A ‘unit’ is often employed as a starting point that is then adjusted in size, number and position to create a final work.  The work is frequently evolutionary, where a given set of variables forms the nucleus, then an interplay of method and chance focused on the integrity of the variables leads to a final state.  Often that end-state evolves into a variation that becomes a new ‘end-state’.  So in this sense, the process is generative. This idea of taking a small finite set of variables and creating infinite possible variations fascinates me.

 

Other key influences/concepts include:  

 

  • Primitive art due to its minimalist approach applied to express spiritual motifs.  
  • Assemblage using existing ‘end-state’ natural and fabricated forms.
  • An approach to composition bordering on pure pattern and emphasizing symmetry, while using asymmetrical components. 
  • Dimensional integrity.  Equal value to positive and negative space. Three dimensional work focuses on how the viewer experiences positive and negative space through time.  The flat plane is the inherent starting point for two dimensional space. Photography strikes me as a hybrid of two and three dimensional space; the recording of real objects and how light affects them is displayed on a flat plane.
  • Democratization.  My major in printmaking underscores this interest, since the production of multiple instances makes it more affordable and thereby accessible.  Photography is a variation of that theme.  I am exploring ways for the viewer to become part of the work by contributing to it in some way.  
  • Using contemporary technology and materials to create imagery that could not have been done in the past.
  • The multiple meaning of words, especially when it connotes ambiguity.
  • Environmental impact of the work.