Dear friends and art lovers,
The Latest Work series, now at the Bugera Matheson Gallery, began when I happened across a collection of antique maps of the Mississippi river. The pattern formed by the great river's path over the land as well as the ghost of previous pathways through the topography drew me in. Water and it's symbolism has been a reoccurring theme in my work.
“what is soft is strong” Lao Tzu.
I live a short walk from the ocean and enjoy exploring it's shoreline. The seasonal ebb and flow of fresh water to the ocean constantly reshapes and pattens the foreshore as the water moves around, through and over the rocky sand. In the stream's urgency to meet the ocean it's path is fluid and yielding. I noted the fresh water's effects and documented these ever changing patterns wanting to incorporate my observations into my art.
In the course of creating this series I shared some of the work in progress with friends. One friend, a hydrologist, immediately recognized the movement and distribution patterns native to water and went on to recount a series of mathematical equations explaining the development of those patterns. The formulae were lost on me, none the less I had managed to replicate the system in my painting. Not so much math as magic.
In complicated, seemingly incongruous and round about ways I seek connections. I am as curious as a scientist documenting and gathering information, which I then take from the field to my lab/studio. It is the raw resource material informing a symbolic
language in an intuitive way.
In all things, I look for connection and pattern.
HEART, SOUL, MIND
Jean Pederson , Alex Peck-Whyte, Nadina Tandy
MAY 23 to June 6
artists in attendance
Friday 6-9 Saturday 1-5
EVERY ROOM WITH A VIEW
Listen to my Heart
8.5x11" acrylic on old map