Emergence (1-9) (2013)

Time flows in one direction: forward. We cannot “unbreak” the teacup. We cannot “unspill” the milk. The universe moves inexorably towards a state of maximum entropy or disorder. Yet ordered patterns do exist.

Emergence (1-9) explores the spontaneous emergence of pattern and order from a substrate of apparent randomness. The scale could be microscopic or continental. Patterns may indicate life, may reflect an underlying inorganic process, or it may be a projection of meaning from a subjective viewer.

Each piece exists in defiance of chaos.

The point of view is placed from on high, at a safe distance, where the landscape can be seen in its entirety but the complexity of individual organisms or the mechanism of emergence cannot be discerned, creating a sense of calm, ordered detachment.