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Beginning a new series is always a challenge, but after finishing the three years to publish the book 108, it seemed particularly difficult. I wrote in my journal “not sure what to do next but the water runs under and around the ice and boulders.”
This particular phrase comes from the I Ching, the book of change. Even though patterns using 108 will continue, I decided to move on to accumulations and mark-making without a particular number of repetitions being essential.
Stacking, gathering, collecting, assembling, amassing, mounding…all words speaking to accumulations. There are stone stacks, sea stacks, and wood stacks. As in Stacks the printed signatures of 108 were stacked, colors bleeding down and across the sides. Time leaves rings stacked around the beginning core of seedling trees. Layers of various times and evidence of mineral seeps lay across the strata of the earth. The lines of Reiteration offers visual boundaries between sky and ocean, reflections of light on water, and quiet pathways in snow.
Vertical stacking relates to our heart rhythms and the earth’s seismic movements recorded on monitor printouts. The Korean Dansaekhwa artists more often painted in vertical stacking patterns across the work. Data stacking refers to the computer term LIFO, Last-in First-out principle, like a container of objects.
With an array of marks - delicate tracery to heavy incising - Accumulations echo the basic elements of our natural systems. The patterns are what I see out of the corner of my eye, beneath my footsteps to distant views.
In this series of exploration my mind stays open to experimentations and listening to my early morning dreams.
Catherine Eaton Skinner