Susan Buret

Burrawang, NSW, Australia

I am interested in geometric pattern and its perception.

In The Phenomenology of Perception, Maurice Merleau-Ponty locates the body as the seat of perception. The human experience is theorized as being mediated through embodiment, and as such, our perception and understanding of existence are reliant on a kind of visceral consciousness—‘the flesh of the world’.[1]

Seeing also involves making assumptions as the eye brings little bits of the visual world to our attention, and it is from these shards that we form pattern to build our world.

Working with patterns from Islamic and Christian architecture (spaces where pattern is mediated through embodiment), oriental rugs and textiles and quilts, I use color, tone, fragments, disturbed and perturbed pattern to challenge the viewers’ assumptions and explore the numerous possibilities that arise as we try to determine and resolve the underlying pattern. When painting I work without masking and aim at even application to the substrate so that the irregularities of the handmade subtly activate the picture surface. I prefer to work on a large scale and I am currently working on multi-paneled installations to explore corporeal encounter with pattern.

[1] Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. The Phenomenology of Perception, trans. Colin Smith, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 408

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