Artist Statement: Community
Community is the feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common interests. The more value that is put into caring for others, the stronger the bonds, and the more sustainable the community becomes. When the worms are intertwined and condensed together, the eye is unable to see where a particular one leads. Each worm begins and ends in different places, but is captured on the canvas in a single static position, reflecting how our human lives are experienced by many small moments that lead to new places all the time. As a whole, the worms illustrate the sensation of uncertainty - not knowing exactly where they’re headed. While they may move independently of each other, the group moves in a mathematical pattern, just the way we encounter our neighbors and peers as we all navigate our lives together. If we’ve learned one thing from our time on this earth, it is that all of our futures are uncertain. Life is the art of experiencing our individual existences together. I used a mathematical pattern known as the golden ratio that is commonly found in nature. When used in a design, it fosters organic and natural-looking compositions that are aesthetically pleasing. I used the Fibonacci numbers, which are the sequence of the numbers 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc. The size of each canvas was determined by the sum of the previous two canvas sizes, all the way up to 34 inches.
The raised plaster community is for blind or sight-challenged people who aren't able to fully grasp the full-color palette. They are still part of the community so these textures are for those who feel and can still relate.