In this body of work, I merge landscape, geometry, and the arabesque. The combination allows for a structural weaving of space, energized by visual counterpoints of line and abstraction.
All incorporated tile and mosaic patterns were researched onsite during recent travels in Uzbekistan, Portugal, Italy, and Spain. The designs have an energetic presence beyond decoration, the result of being silent witness to everyday life in community spaces, places of worship, and palaces. Centuries old, they are as resilient as the natural landscape. Working with both taps into a source outside and within, embodying a common thread of earth and humanity.
Many of the paintings begin with landscape imagery, which provides an organic base. Paint and glazes are applied; inscribed lines, sanding, and scraping work the surface to further describe or dissolve detail. Onto this foundation, I experiment with layering multiple transcribed patterns. The designs intertwine, creating pathways and captured shapes that recede, float, or compress space.
The resulting mandala-like images act as radiant structures. Some are still and contemplative, others subtly pulsate with kaleidoscopic energy. Becoming infinity fields of natural repetition, the paintings present a continuous rhythm to quiet the mind.