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Fourth Matrix (first state), 2021




Screenprinted and woven paper, acrylic paint, glue, on wood panel 25.5 x 26.5 x 1 inches In these works the matrix (in printmaking, the object that holds the ink and makes the impression; in mathematics, an array of rows and columns that are subject to change in relation to each other) is both the subject and the object. Each begins from the same woven structure--strips of paper printed on recto and verso and woven into a system of interlocking gradients of complementary colors. I work on one piece at a time, one after the other. Layers are held together provisionally with push pins. Hung together chronologically they function as a kind of calendar or notebook as new forms, colors, materials, densities, arise, predominate, and disappear. I draw from color theory, the science of vision, the history of weaving and quilt making, and the mutability of pixels. Inherently porous, weaving creates an uneasy equilibrium between presence and absence, material and non-material.

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26.50 x 25.75 x 1.00 in | 67.31 x 65.40 x 2.54 cm

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