Geography of Thought by colin williams
This series of works grew from my interest in both the ancient theory of the Golden Section, (Also known as Divine Proportion) which was thought to possess some hidden harmonic proportion in tune with the universe and the post-modern Chaos Theory, and its idea of an unpredictable world, which reacts to chance events that occur within it.
Initially, I used mathematics to determine my own symmetrical painting compositions. As my work evolved, I felt the need to make paintings with a more intimate connection with my natural surroundings, as I became increasingly occupied with the ever changing structure of our coastline, contemplating how it is continually being shaped by the undulating sea; whose tides are controlled by the moon, which in turn is controlled by the universal forces of gravity.
Subsequently, these thoughts inspired me to explore this complex structure, so I began to deconstruct its contours. Consequently, this body of work explores the unfolding sequences that can be produced through the reiteration of an irregular and imaginary coastline. None of the work is topographical. They are an attempt to reconstruct an alternative account of the landscape, where the composition of the paintings and the nature of their construction, identify more with the Geography of Thought.