Mondrian Automata, 2009
Watercolor on embossed paper diptychs
18.5 x 39.5 inches (individual panels 13 x 13 inches square)
The paired lozenges comprising 'Mondrian Automata' were by spraying red, blue, yellow, and white watercolor in successive layers onto paper embossed with a grid of .25 x .25-inch squares. The colors were not mixed prior to spraying. The diptychs refer to the point at which landscape became abstraction in the early 20th century, as well as to the more recent theory of emergence, in which a repeated simple rule set—here varying sequences and dilutions of pigment—generates seemingly intelligent, organic form. 'Mondrian Automata' strives to inversely mirror abstraction, a process traced out in 'The Key.'