Echoes; repeating patterns Solo Exhibition 2016

 

This series of work is my project for 2016.  A solo exhibition held at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

I am so honoured to have been given the opportunity to hang, and to have my artwork featured in such an amazing space.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Repeated patterns dominate the organic environment.  We echo the designs found in nature when decorating or building our habitats.  Duplicating images is a practise used throughout history and across cultures.

The work in this exhibition explores these repeated patterns both in nature and as we have adapted them for use in architecture.

When doing research for my botanical drawings I was intrigued by the way all of the pieces linked together.  It seemed that a single defining characteristic was overlayed, modified and repeated.  With each repetition the organism grew.

Architecture has always held a certain fascination and seeing the way patterns are repeated in buildings echoed what I witnessed in nature.   Even a simple brick wall can be seen as a work of art if you look at it the right way.

In creating this work I am wanting to show the difference between the way Mother Nature has created her patterns, with chaos and irregularities, and how humans have interpreted them, with straight lines, conformity and an attempt at perfection.

I chose to use pointillism to create the work I feel it is the best way to depict these images as it has a very organic look.

Stippling is a very meditative art form, it is relaxing and takes a lot of patience.  A single piece can take many hours to complete.  A steady hand is needed as a single dot in the wrong place can change the look of a whole piece.

From a distance these works can look like simple pencil drawings.  It is only when one gets closer it can be appreciated that there are no straight lines and the whole thing is composed of a series of dots.

By presenting these images in an unusual medium I hope to highlight the thought and passion that has gone into the design of everyday objects.  There is beauty in the mundane – Magnificence in the details.

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