'l think therefore I am'. Descartes' most famous quote. This work is about quite the opposite; I am, because i do not think. Meaning, I am aware. therefore I am.
The door to awareness can be the senses, and the most simple gestures will allow entry to an experience of consciousness. All the pieces in this series are based on the most elemental gesture, that of making a mark. This act is then repeated consistently, without measurement, until it becomes a visible rhythm. Patterns seem to forrn and develop autonomously as the marks arrive on the surface of the paper. At times the dots can appear to carry a number of narratives, such as distant stars. various types of cells, architectural plans, references to the open book and individual pages of text. This information is not intended. but a coincidence determined by the materials. Handmade paper is the primary material used, it is particularly sensitive to moisture. either in the atmosphere or on the surface and signiﬁcantly impacts the results of the drawing. This ambiguity combines with each dot. as it is made, moment by moment, allowing the work to function as a mediation. Because the individual marks are in proximity they create, and become part of a ﬁeld. Each dot is submerged within the field and essential to it, yet paradoxically separate. By recording their impulses and repeatedly sensing the space between each mark, a contemplative dimension can arrive and be available to the viewer.
Notes for Field Studies
These ink paintings emerge from previous Zen practice and the series employs the monochromatic use of asian ink on paper.
The brush gestures are spontaneous movements that repeat moment by moment with no erasure or measurement. My body, follows the rhythm of the breath with the brush activated on each exhale.
While the circles are painted again and again without intended narrative, it is apparent that the individual marks begin to form symmetries that accrue into repeating fields. Subsequently unintended patterns are created within randomness. This current work investigates that paradox.