ARTIST STATEMENT: I am interested in the complexity that arises out of a limited set of rules. I start with an initial mark and then replicate it according to a loose algorithm governing shape, location, and orientation. The process is repeated as a two or three dimensional structure begins to form. It is not strictly algorithmic because choices are made within an accepted range of possibilities. Based on the chosen rules, the same fundamental forms found in nature emerge: ovals, polygons and polyhedra, spirals, helixes, waves (on surfaces and as vines), radiating and branching patterns.
I am interested in creating the kinds of forms not necessarily seen in nature, but found through a process that may mimic nature. I am not beholden to the rules as initially constructed and will stretch and tweak them if too much homogeneity is observed. This is intelligent design. A limited set of tools - ballpoint pen and paper - keeps the process simple enough that response to the mark can be immediate and subtle.
Since the work is hand drawn with only a ballpoint pen, the process is akin to long division repeated over and over. Everything here is pattern. And though painstaking effort is made to keep mistakes to a minimum, there is an inherent degree of error in the process. I have come to see the making of errors as a creative act. Sometimes these mutations will lead to a whole new species of forms.
Although this process may be far from unfocused, I am not averse to calling these thought-drawing experiments doodles because my attention at times shifts to such minutia as to appear almost thoughtless.