W = mas (Work = mass x acceleration x displacement)
Screenprints on fabric, 2014
The patterns I created for W = mas are based on routes I have taken to/from work by bike or foot. A period of my life is characterized by a set of coordinates (A and B) and a circuit (A –> B –> A). After establishing a preferred route, and repeating it for months or years, the movement becomes involuntary, all I perceive is a shape, the shape of the motion. Then, the repetition of a shape, a pattern. There are nearly infinite ways to tessellate a shape, just as there are nearly infinite ways for me to get to work, so the process is mediated by preferences and rules. I set rules for these tessellations: the shape must not be altered for aesthetic reasons, and, if filled, the outline (the route) must remain visible, not obscured by layering. The data must be legible.