In Praise of Patterns
Words are wonderful things. Consider "pattern." What is a pattern, and what is not? What good is the word? How can one use it?
A pattern can be the G-Minor-ness of Mozart's 40th symphony or the unifying features of a type face. It might come from the veins in a leaf, from the whorls and colors of an animal's fur, from the scales on a moth's wing, or from some abstract scientific or mathematical idea.
Perhaps the central notion behind "pattern-ness" is recurrence. For there to be a pattern, there must first be repetition. With too much repetition, a pattern will be too bland to be noticed. It will recede from consciousness and be ignored or forgotten. Too little repetition makes a pattern too chaotic to be absorbed by the senses or by the mind. Again, it will elude our attention and be lost.
My work tries to explore that mid-region between an un-grasped randomness and an un-noticed blandness.