December 1, 2018

There is always a ‘What if…?’ at work.

My work is about observation rather than self-expression. I test ideas until I find interesting repeatable solutions that strike me as being aesthetically interesting. There is always a ‘What if…?’ at work.

Touchon arranging paper


What’s driving me in my studio is to come up with ways to work that happen on their own once the system is put in place that identify a constructive system where chance can be turned loose to see what happens, and then control those chance events by the limitations put on it by the system I created. I never know what’s going to happen from one moment to the next and am always tweaking the formulas. I perform a human version of mimicking the processes of natural growth, using the theme of human language to show that our language gets in the way of our understanding of the natural processes that are all around us all the time.


I’m not trying to make something that’s merely beautiful. There is a constant migration of aesthetic taste both personally and culturally. The idea of beauty is not stable so I think more about elegance and elegant solutions in the scientific use of the term. I want my work to have
those elements in it that cause inspiration for contemplation beyond an arbitrary standard of beauty. My goal is timelessness – to stand outside of the fleeting fashions of a given moment. Of course, it is impossible to stand outside of the age you are living in which drive the entire
culture.

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