The Tangled Web of Complexity

Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience—to appreciate the fact that life is complex.
— M. Scott Peck
 Daily Drawing, February 20, 2018

Daily Drawing, February 20, 2018

The daily drawings have much to teach me if I pay attention. What comes forth each day, as my hand moves across the page without forethought, is like a window into my inner world. For some time now, I've been making these drawings of intertwining lines....all tangled and tumbling. For me, they represent a study in complexity...a kind of metaphor. 

These drawings are a reminder to me of just how interconnected everything is....patterns in nature, events unfolding, relationships, our mind and body....all of it. We are intertwined with the earth, with the trees and the creatures, our actions ripple out to effect other events in the world. There are times when these ideas overwhelm, and others when it all seems magical, reminding me of my connection to all things. 

 Index of Days, no. 7

Index of Days, no. 7

These interlocking lines take different forms, sometimes gently overlapping, others tangled. They keep finding their way into the work and I sense they are becoming a thing unto themselves....as shapes and forms, as well as metaphor.  Much to explore. As winter snows continue to arrive on our doorstep, my quiet pursuits in the studio unfold. For now, these tangled lines are becoming my subject. There are plenty of examples of this theme visible in the daily drawings of MissouriBendStudio if you'd like to see more. Cheers!