April Dawn Parker
In my paintings, I create environments comprised of both abstract and natural elements. I am influenced by geometry and am intrigued by the idea of perfect objects, such as Platonic solids. Yet as soon as I depict a geometric form, the mathematical aspects have morphed into something organic.
On the conceptual side, my work is inspired by polyhedrons, tiling patterns, and parametric structures. On the organic side, I study root systems, crystal formations, geodes and plant architecture. These disparate but intimately related elements, such as a crystal cave and the properties of polyhedrons, compel me to compare them. Which aspects do they share? When do they create tension with one another? My paintings combine these elements and function as metaphors for actual environments, where mental constructs coexist with the imperfect reality of all things material.
In creating my work, I use gouache and paint freehand without rulers or guides. The lines may appear “straight," but are not strictly so. This process demonstrates my preoccupation with mathematical concepts contrasted with physical expressions of geometric form, which reveals that, indeed, I cannot draw a straight line.
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