Space as something to control on a two or three dimensional picture plane is such an exciting thing to me. Pattern, when obvious, makes images beautiful and understandable. Pattern organizes the chaos of life. Pattern creates expectations on the picture plane, and organizes a visual statement.
This organization of pattern was found at my local flea market. The alternation of the three elements made the participants (roosters, rabbits, and green peppers) look like a picture book image. Their placement is intentional. Their space is calculated as if on an artist’s canvas.
Below is another calculated mass from the local flea market. This is an outdoor space heater, made more efficient and beautiful with the inclusion of the patterned washtub from the interior of a washer. Perfect re-purpose, I think.
Pattern can be very regular and regimented, as in the above, or the artist can play with the least amount of pattern necessary to establish it, and then break it. Below is a recent embroidery. The size is about 9″ x 6″. Pattern is local in several areas: established, and then broken.
This piece was done in reaction to the “retablos” style of work from Mexico. In this form, which is small and usually on metal (of course mine is not as it is an embroidery), an accident is depicted, a narrative describes the accident, and the victim’s name saint hovers in the air viewing the scene.