I utilize decorative strategies to get at something akin to biological ornamentation in animals and insects. In the natural world, ornament is used to attract a mate. The preference for it has evolved over many generations. Females choose attractive mates with the most exaggerated ornamentation. This results in the next generation's male offspring being more likely to possess it and female offspring being more likely to possess the preference for it. In this way ornamentation in nature becomes an abstraction of genetic health.
Images can ignite our vision but that’s just the beginning of a complex process. Our eyes gather visual stimulus that is organized by our minds and bodies. Vision evolved to maximize survival and reproduction. For example, humans will subconsciously notice a symmetrical object inside of a asymmetrical field of vision. One possible reason we do this is because a predators face looks symmetrical when we have caught their attention and they are staring at us. It used to be a matter of our survival. Now it’s a subconscious visual process. We feel like we see the world as it is but we only see it as we evolved to see it.
Looking at a painting is an experience of our vision and evolution. It has a way of turning decoration into abstraction, which is what I attempt to do in my paintings.