Creating links between geometry, precision and construction, pattern features prominently in the works of Phoebe McDonald, Rebecca Ross and Grace Tan. Pattern emerges from the precise construction techniques used, creating works that are abstract and multi-dimensional. The hands-on exploration of materials and construction means the resulting works are unique and collectable.
Through an ongoing exploration of mapping spaces, Rebecca Ross’ works are unrecognisable geographical land masses cut from disposed atlas pages. These framed works are created in a creative process of precise cutting, placement and pinning, with colour and texture driving the finished works. Rebecca creates spurts of pattern on a two dimensional plane, morphing and growing across the surface as new topographies.
Phoebe McDonald creates pattern with minimal materials, relying on light and shadow to add dimensions of pattern to the surface of her works. At first glance her works are measured constructions of pins on board, often in circular patterns. As light (both natural and artificial) hits the surface of these works, the shadows create an optical effect that moves the pattern along the surface of the picture plane, constructing pattern that changes as the day goes on.
The investigation of materials and construction methods are the core of Grace Tan’s creative practice. The results of her investigations are three dimensional constructions that are minimal in colour and have no surface application yet create pattern through texture and form. Grace’s works are generally constructed from fabric and paper, to materials that when folded, cut and connected inherently create pattern. Her works are evolving constructions of pattern, able to be configured in many ways.
Works by Rebecca Ross, Phoebe McDonald and Grace Tan are available at Spiro Grace Art Rooms.