About my artwork
My artwork work is inspired by fractals in nature; the ever-repeating patterns found all throughout our universe. Through my work I explore ideas surrounding interconnection and the human experience.
Fractal patterning is the foundation of all matter in our universe. Fractals are the shape of randomness - chaotic patterns that are characterised by scaled similarity. Fractals are the very essence of our DNA, nature, time and space. Examples of fractals are in the patterns of our nerves and lungs, of our brain’s neurons, of snowflakes, leaf veins, branching trees, flowing rivers, coastal edges, lightening bolts, weather patterns, galaxy formations, everything natural in our universe.
Once you start noticing these patterns, they start showing up everywhere, allowing the viewer to draw connections between the pattern of their skin to that of tree bark, to the make up of our social systems and so forth. Fractal patterning allows us to see and visualise the unbreakable and immense interconnection between humans and nature.
Mandala literally means ‘circle’. I like to describe it as “a circular, intricate orb of organized chaos” and I see it as a manifestation of fractal patterning. The mandala is a fascinating concept, art form, metaphor, tool and artifact throughout the human experience. Characterised by circularity, scaling, self-similarity, repetition and symmetry, the mandala is present all throughout our natural and cultural world.
The mandala is a natural and social phenomenon that transcends culture. Examples of civilizations engaging with this worldwide art form includes the well-known Tibetan Buddhist Mandala, Stained-glass windows in churches, Pacific island designs, Celtic knots, Persian mosaics, Australian Aboriginal patterns, Indian artworks, Aztec calendar, North American dream catchers and many other manifestations of this universal design. In nature, examples of the mandala can be seen in the sun, in shells, in cross sections of microorganisms and in weather systems. I am fascinated in creating my own patterns, inspired by those in our natural world. We are all interconnected, and this is the driving force behind my creative practice.
“The mandala is the key to the link between our conscious awareness and the universe itself. It shows us back to the origins of humanity, to the birth of matter and energy. In an eloquent poem without words, it reveals to us that we are inextricably linked to the universe as a leaf to a vast and ancient tree” (Barreda, 2008)
In contemporary society there has been a philosophical divide between between humanity and the environment that we are part of, leading to the creation and awareness of the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene is the new geological epoch we have entered into - characterised by human dominance and destruction.This recognition has brought to the forefront the division between humans and nature and the ecological consequences of this paradigm shift. Throughout human history, art has been a tool of communication and documentation, exploring and recording the human experience. In confronting the enormity of these challenges, there has never been a time so crucial to create artwork as inquiry into the weaving of consciousness between the planet and our human existence.
Through my practice I am interested in creating artwork that acts as a facilitator, encouraging people to engage with the reality that we are part of the larger system and to navigate these ideas in a positive way. I believe that emotional connection and education are the first steps towards practical change to help our environment, and that these visual creations can be this successful medium.