I love pattern in both design and philosophy.
My current passion (obsession 😉 lays with creating semiotic rules from psychoanalytic philosophies & translating them into patterns.
Art critics (Fer, Nixon) and geographers (Massey, Rose) do likewise as they analyse the power relations that give a thing a place in a given space – be it on an artist’s canvas or geographical map.
The motifs I’m working with are taken from butterfly wings, which are layered onto a surface according to three visual languages that blend different ideas from contemporary psychoanalysis with semiotics. Kristeva coined the term ‘semanalysis’ to describe this mix.
The patterns I paint then, are inspired by research into the philosophies of visual culture. In particular, psychoanalytical research in relational power dynamics. I’m primarily interested in how one part or object might put pressure on, enhance, or displace another rather than what it may represent in itself.
So I’m interested in pattern, but pattern as a power driven dynamic matrix (Ettinger) rather than a static form. Patterns in which motifs are juxtaposed against each other. Motifs that can be argued to have multiple qualities of relationship with each other instead of being read as entirely singular.