Drawings are close to rational ways of gathering information and coding it, often by hand. They end up as maps on a page or pages, but they are created in a process that is actually a bit like writing in patterns. There is definitely a beginning and an ending to every line that makes up a drawing. Just like there is a beginning and an ending to every word, sentence and paragraph.
And there is a sequence.
Many of my drawings generally start with little clusters of information; one could call them information ‘seeds.’ I place them on a page and then let the drawing grow from them and around them. Some seeds are “planted” in somehow significant places; some drawings are finished right where they were started, or months and years later, or never. I can sometimes pick up a little element of an object or impression of it and then transform it into a series of pages while moving to a different place, a different country, from season to season, year to year. Sometimes the seeds are little snippets of conversations I hear somewhere or maybe elements of advertisements or elements of particles in motion. They can also be design elements of someone’s clothing or just the strokes of the pen against the page caused by a rocking motion of a mode of transportation I happen to be on. The drawings take a certain time to complete and one drawing can take several journeys to find its final form. It’s a very flexible process.
New York City, November 2002