My work investigates the balance between deliberate making and improvisation. Improvisation is spontaneously applying learned techniques within a specific aesthetic structure.
I develop improvisatory systems that organize and determine the form of my compositions. Each system establishes the types of marks, patterns, color, and methods of composition (physical/digital) that will be used to develop the final piece. Creating a structural form allows for an exploration of repetition and scale, light and color, movement and space, through different media and types of mark making. These systems modulate during the process – the physical record allows for stepping back, contemplating, and making changes to elaborate on decisions that are working. Identifying successes in the results of certain systems furthers my understanding of the process and how to use that knowledge to influence subsequent work.