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The Spiral Series (1998- )



   

It was an admiration of minimal line drawings from the 60s and 70s that initially inspired the Spiral Series (1998- ). Using simple systems, artists such as Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin created beautifully sophisticated work.


Nevertheless, the concept of chance as part of the process is not common in much of this work and I was interested in finding a simple system for creating drawings that adhere to basic rules, but which can also develop without a specific outcome. It was the organic beauty of altitude levels on topographic maps that brought me to the idea of using a simple spiral.


Added to its beauty, the spiral form has a rich, dense history dating back to ancient, megalithic art and is prevalent in nature, fractal growth systems found on any scale from minute biological configurations such as DNA strands to the vast formations galaxies demonstrate as they expand in the universe. 

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spiral_49

Spiral 49, 2005

Permanent ink and acrylic paint on canvas
100 x 100 cm.

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carved_spiral_1

Carved Spiral 1, 2005

A single line carved into cut and sanded acrylic sheeting mounted on a steel frame
250 x 170 x 8 cm.

Installation view: Klosterruine, Rüeggisberg, Kanton Bern, NaturparkGantrisch, Switzerland, Europe

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carved_spiral_14

Carved Spiral 14, 2008

A single line carved into cut and sanded acrylic sheeting mounted on a steel frame
180 x 180 x 4 cm.

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carved_spiral_33

Carved Spiral 33, 2015

A single line carved into cut and sanded acrylic sheeting mounted on a steel frame
174 x 241 x 8 cm.

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carved_spiral_39

Carved Spiral 39, 2018

A single line carved into prepared scratch board with a needle
31.5 x 28.5 x 2.5 cm.

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