D A T A D R A W I N G S
Each piece is naturally occurring pigments, block ink, graphite, on a 12" square panel
D A T A D R A W I N G S & C H R O M A T O G R A M S
I use raw physical data collected from my natural environment. These data are pure, the result of evolution. Each work is a data set expressive of an experience, representing elements from a moment in time or a place. The works evolve as I observe, analyze, and interpret the data. And they reflect my unique perspective - the truth, logic, and beauty that I see.
Working on a square picture plane, I ink the surface of data and collage impressions of it onto a plane. Sometimes data exudes its own pigment staining the work surface. When dry I begin to study. At first glance nothing appears distinct. But as I contemplate what I see, a point or sequence of data points become evident and I make note of them with marks using pencil. Marks start to multiply on the surface. Occasionally many data points will come into focus all at once, inspiring chaos (indecision). But patience returns and I resume the task of reading and marking, articulating the data as I see it. I’m conscious to rotate the panel as I work – forcing me to view the data differently. From experience I know that patient persistence will allow variables (like time and light) to reveal nuanced characteristics in the data that I might otherwise overlook. I continue to note what I perceive with pencil. Patterns form and the data literally start to visually make sense. This process continues over many sittings; and, like a puzzle, ends when it has reached a logical conclusion.
In these works I explore a process that mimics life and our compulsion to make sense of it. Our seemingly common and yet essentially individual experiences shape our perceptions of the world, and quite naturally bias our interpretation of data. While mine certainly direct what viewers initially see in these works, my intention is for viewers to contemplate the data in their own way.
© 2012-2017 PAMELA SHIPLEY