Pattern Recognition #37

Pattern Recognition #37

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Edith Baumann
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2019
Oil on canvas
16 x 16 in.
40.6 x 40.6 cm

"I think I’ve always been interested in understanding our universe through pattern. I can remember laying on my back in the fields as a child, looking for equivalents in the cloud patterns and later completely understanding the binary number system when it was introduced to me at 8 years. Unconsciously, I recognized our interconnected-ness through collective pattern ...simple systems that repeat.

When I first started to paint, I was immediately drawn to the Asian spatial concerns through an encounter with an exhibition of 17th Century Japanese screens and soon was introduced to the reductive essentials of John McLaughlin’s paintings. But one of my favorite paintings is Mondrian’s “Broadway Boogie Woogie” reflecting the randomness and structure of Jazz. I use identical shapes to form a plane hovering in the surround. Randomness and structure...two different things, happening at the same time, interconnected. There is movement yet stillness through pattern. Unconsciously, I think we recognize that. And I do love color. It complicates the mix but emotionally exhilarates." - Edith Baumann