believe in the sanctity of life. I am motivated by what I perceive
as our responsibility to preserve life and safeguard the environment
that supports it. I strive to provide a vision of reality that
is based on the dynamics of the natural world and is informed
by the concepts of cooperation and interdependence.
teaches us that the biosphere is a vast web of interrelationships
functioning across many scales and levels of organization. In
nature we observe a self-ordering process wherein individuals,
be them cells, organisms, or populations, develop complex networks
of relationships. What is intriguing and of profound significance
is that nature's networks form solely on the basis of the individuals'
propensity to interact. They are self-organizing.
my work, I manipulate colors and abstract shapes to develop relationships
among the independent compositional elements. The visual relationships
that arise initially guide the formation of more complex relationships.
As I intensify the interactions, novel visual relationships emerge:
colors shift in tone, shapes merge and reform, figure and ground
freely interchange. The composition develops along a self-ordering
principle. Chance and randomness drive it forward. But I rely
on the self-organizing capacity of our visual system to do the
endeavor to bring the compositional elements to a point where
they are poised between order and chaos, between a solid color
field and confetti - a kind of teetering balance. This balance
represents a critical condition where visual forms are unfixed,
where ambiguity is high, and the composition remains in a constant
state of flux. This dynamic visual space translates to an analogous
space in the physical universe: for it is here at the border between
order and chaos that self-ordering principles hold sway and complexity
ourselves, are manifestations of self-organized complexity. We are
the embodiment of the principles of cooperation and interdependence.
Yet our collective behavior is out of sync with these essential
features, features that define us and the world outside of us. We
struggle to cooperate and to share, to safeguard our environment
and its life forms. We are unwilling to recognize the strain our
activities place upon nature.
we severed our connection to the world that creates and nurtures
us? Yes, we have. I believe that we must re-cognize our relationship
with nature, learning once again to see ourselves in the natural
environment and to acknowledge our complete reliance upon natural
systems. Can we then hope to gain an appreciation of the sanctity
of life and finally, alter our destructive behavior? Yes, we can.
The challenge of
reintegrating ourselves into the scheme of life demands a fundamental
shift in consciousness. The premise of my art is straightforward:
visual imagery that embodies self-organized complexity can stir
us to wakefulness. Our self-organizing consciousness can recognize
itself in the imagery and remember. And in remembering, we can
rekindle a connection to the nature of our being - irreducible,
interdependent, and an inextricable part of a much greater whole.