With the Rivers Series I am motivated by the properties of flowing water — the rippling streams, the eddy currents, the mixture of order and chaos, the patterns of intertwining waves. I attempt to isolate these various properties, the features that I respond to visually, like the sheen of water, for example, by using a variety of materials best suited to highlighting one or another aspects of rivers, rivulets, river bottoms and babbling brooks.
This is a rich artistic area to mine and I haven’t yet begun to exhaust the possibilities. One piece, which is not yet in the “Rivers” exhibition at the Compton Gallery in Boonton, NJ, employs rumpled, thin cotton fabric that is painted and stiffened to convey the marvelously melodic, as well as chaotic landscape or profile of flowing water. I’m actually in the process of creating triptych with all-white fabric that, when viewed side by side, adds a sense of time to the flow, how the water changes profile from moment to moment. Since I can’t capture but a single moment with one piece, I engage three pieces, each expressing the profile of water at a different instant.
Similarly with “net” art or “tangles,” I’m attempting to capitalize on the beauty of intersecting lines and complex weaves that are so bountiful in nature, but not always made obvious, as we can with art.