There is a beautiful, intricate dance that occurs in our brains in order to understand what we see. The eyes take in an image and instantaneously we decode and process patterns, looking for repetition. But what happens when deciphering an aperiodic pattern? Is chaos another type of order waiting to be uncovered? If a pattern doesn’t repeat, can chaos ever be truly understood?
These questions compelled me to research non-repeating patterns such as the Penrose pattern, a mathematical form, and then its 6-dimensional sibling, the quasicrystal generated from alloys in the lab. It wasn’t until recently that a natural quasicrystal was discovered as a tangible structure in a rare 4.6 billion year old meteorite. If quasicrystal patterns are of extraterrestrial origin, is aperiodicity alien in origin?
My installations introduce interference to quasicrystal patterns, generating a formless formalism. New hybrid forms are created from the intermixing of periodic with the aperiodic. Combining established terrestrial methods of interaction like diffracted light, orthographic string projections and rhombic tiling with the extraterrestrial quasicrystal pattern, the unexpected emerges. With each piece, aperiodicty in its very complexity imparts a profound new meaning to the underlying structure of our reality.