The process of seeing

by     /    February 25, 2006   

In an article about how infants learn to see, the Cognitive Daily recently gave a good description of the process of sight:

“When we perceive the world visually, we’re not just passively ‘seeing’ what’s there, we’re constantly determining where one object ends and the next one begins. We’re applying logical rules to help break objects into groups and understand how the two-dimensional image on the inside of our eye corresponds to a three-dimensional physical world.”

This description is a good introduction to what I am doing with my art. The abstractions I create are not arbitrary. As I explore leaves, flowers, and other objects, I focus on unexpected details, changes in texture, hints of volume and form, and allusions to motion. I am looking for those specific clues our minds use to differentiate three-dimensional objects from the general background of light and shadow. By doing this, I tease and trick those logical rules of perception we first learned as infants. My art is an ongoing experiment with what happens when our mind attempts to sort abstracted meaninglessness into coherent meaning.

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