J. Pascoe – February 2015
Studies in Premeditation is part of an ongoing series, Spatial Summation, cataloging my fears and anxieties around unknown elements in my personal and professional life via detail-oriented collage work and reuse of scraps, fragments, and other cast-off paper material. All materials were sourced from my employment as Conservation Technician at The Wagner Free Institute of Science.
Over the last three years I have been drawn to art work that demanded meditation-like focus alongside simple figures or shapes such as silhouettes of bodies in space, contour drawings, diagrams, and here: circles. Feeling unable to find solutions in my day-to-day life, I have worked towards making answers in my work – I make work to create a path to follow, if only in two dimensional format.
These works satisfy many parts of me, they; name my fears; supply a satisfying finish, end line, or summation to these fears; offer a comforting sense of work-in-progress; and allow me to meditate on the color palette and textural range found in the papers collected and collaged as a fixed point in my struggles with anxiety.
“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer”-William S. Burroughs!