beth caspar

My work explores pattern--informed by music, dance, and mathematical concepts--and shape, derived from simple planar geometry (circles, squares, triangles), chance, and, most recently, the alphabet. We respond to pattern and shape on the most primal level: pattern organizes and makes prediction possible; shape clarifies and defines. I'm interested in what happens when that predictability and clarity become unpredictable and/or obfuscated.

Early on I used geometric shapes and mathematically derived patterns in an attempt to retain an underlying stable structure amid what appeared to be a disruption of symmetry. In more recent work the element of chance, and shapes and patterns derived from chance were the focus. Currently I'm employing pattern and shape in the form of letters and simple words that become lost even though they are still there, the intention being to turn the familiarity and safety of language on its head and challenge the viewer to simply engage in experiencing the elements that comprise each piece as pure abstraction.