In this formalist side of my practice, I look for ways to generate random marks and I try to influence the outcome. 

The images I create are attempts to embrace both order and chaos at the same time. 

        

One of the processes I have developed is drawing with static electricity.  I came across this phenomenon while making monotypes. I had run my plastic plate through my press repeatedly. The friction of the wool blankets and pressure of the press had left the plate with a static electric charge.  When I started a new image, the electrical charge pulled ink off the individual hairs of my brush. I have since been using this process in drawings. I guide the brush without ever touching the surface of the paper. It is a little like waving a magic wand and watching an image draw itself. Please see my short video  http://youtu.be/yt441dPKY8s

60"h x 66"w

2015

52"h x 44"w

2015

60"h x 44"w

2016

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    With my eyes closed, I wrote everything I could hear over the course of a week, such as snippets of conversations, lyrics, sounds and radio news.  I whitewashed the results to a level commensurate with our normal perception of the auditory information that surrounds us making white noise visible

White Noise

110"h x 55"w

2015

Noise 2015

 

 

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Similar to the above project, with my eyes closed I transcribed radio news in increasing 10 minute intervals, making visible the passage of time via a news cycle. 

The first square on this grid took 10 minutes.  The last took 90 minutes.

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