Rachel Hall Kirk
Patterns are a ubiquitous aspect of our universe. They can emerge from chaos or from perfect math, and anywhere in between. A beehive, a galaxy, a turtle shell, an atom, a mold spore – I am fascinated with and influenced by all.
My drawing process is guided by inconsistency and imperfection, the very things that make me human. In order to develop a deeper understanding of my surroundings, I strive to mimic those patterns that I find so mystifying. I begin by emulating a specific pattern or concept, employing a system of deliberate markmaking that celebrates, and is often guided by, the prospect of chance.
The sculptural book “Forty” is a systematic deconstruction and reassembling of those patterns. Cyclical in nature, it breaks down and rebuilds just like the ubiquitous cycles found throughout our natural world and universe.