In this series for 2017, “Pieces,” I transfer sections of the decorated surface of a vase onto patterned panels. In each work, an organized pattern is imposed over a random design and sometimes imposed over itself, so pattern both describes and occludes the shape of the object, which is a larger scale than the painting, so the whole isn’t presented.

“Pieces” is another step down the path that I’ve taken, using decoration expressively and metaphorically. Here, I set out to find a way to use pattern in smaller scale work, while retaining the complexity and feel of monumentality from my larger work. The solution was a surprise to me, and given what was on my mind—on many minds—during this winter, it seems right.