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Patterns within Nature, 2022 (paper, screen print)
The cut-out areas of the tapestry act as negative space, where light from the window alters the colors of the transparent paper and cloth, casting shadows onto the floor. The piece is ever changing due to the time of day or a moment when a cloud is covering the sun. These shadows are a reminder of time and the macro cycle that we are a part of. The shadows create a movement within the piece as they crawl slowly across the floors and walls. Reminding us that we are moving, circling around the sun, although still. The blown-up iconography of invisible organisms and cells are given a visible viewpoint, where viewers reflect on what we and all things are made of. This enlarged micro iconography in contrast to the interactions of the sun reflects our scale in this universe.
Natural patterns include symmetries, trees, spirals, waves, foams, tessellations, cracks and stripes. Early Greek philosophers studied patterns, through the fibonacci sequence, golden ratio, and astrology, attempting to explain order in nature. We hear the word pattern associated with nature constantly, speaking on weather, tides, stars, or cells. There is an infinite depth within these patterns and according to the fibonacci sequence it is embedded in micro organisms like an atom to macro environments like the universe. Yet we are confronted with the chaotic entropy that nature portrays and our relationship to it becomes abstracted and distant. I believe through the study of patterns and cycles within nature we can rebuild the apparent connection we have to it.
Patterns within Nature ll (paper, screen print) 2022
Through this series, Patterns within Nature are engulfed in abstract expressive shapes and colors to represent nature in an unorthodox way. We perceive nature with “earthy” tones like blues, greens, and browns, yet when taking a close look you realize that we are constantly encompassed by colors and patterns. Through layers, colors, and various materials I portray the entropy that nature has at first sight combated with continuous repetition that nature contains right down to the smallest cell. I take inspiration from Katy Binks and Vanda SimSim, both screen printers who apply layers and colors within their work to represent nature and their emotions in an abstracted and non objective way.
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