This is one of my first drawings where I played with continuous circles to help me focus and writing out my thoughts. It shows how my work is formed and grows, together they help to show the aspects of Li I have been looking at.
It shows my writing in the drawing, the start, which act as a skeleton for forms to build and grow around it. The labyrinths that are created around the structure/the writing, turning words from verbal to visual. It builds up in layers, with layers form by different energies interacting either attracting or repelling.
Whilst looking at Li (the Chinese philosophy of underlying reason and order of nature as reflected in its organic forms) I came across the term fractals.
‘A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc.’
This has helped me to see even more how my work is related to nature and has an organic look, it is not just the “never-ending pattern” of “repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop” which is what occurs when using my drawings for daily meditations but the fact that they are “similar across different scales” whether microscopic or big microscopic, they have the same function and look.