pattern studies

For the next couple of months, a set of my recent drawings is on display at Herron in Indianapolis. (They will rotate partway through the semester, so if you’re in town you can stop by again near the end of the semester to see a different set!)

untitled studies, ink on paper, dimensions variable, 2016-2018
photo: Kelsey Blacklock

Patterns continue to intrigue me both as tools for learning and an analogue to spiritual practices. Whether written or drawn, the daily ritual of mark-making creates patterns which lay the groundwork for further intuitive exploration, and build a visual record of time spent.

end of semester / artist statement

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In seeking to better pay attention, the art principles of pattern and repetition emerge as useful tools. Much of our learning relates to the recognition of patterns, whether biological, aesthetic, mathematical, or otherwise. By pointing out things we may have missed the first or second (or third) time around, they help us to notice.

This work1 maps, tracks, and presents as evidence some of the repetitions in my life. It takes advantage of the power of pattern in several ways: as documentation, remembrance, meditation, points of empathy, and studies in aesthetics. The physical processes inherent in art-making demand that embodiment accompany mental-spiritual presence, and embodiment is always relational.

“I am stumbling in pursuit of grace2” – wholeness, healed-ness, holiness – for “out of wholeness we make good things.3

Out of wholeness, we love.


1some of it is here: lynnettetherese.com/portfolio
2Sarah Kay spoke this.
3Shauna Niequist tweeted this.