Vaughn Horsman


Patterns interest me; they are the background, the fabric and the landscape in which we live.

Patterns are made by the weave of thread in cloth, the repeated laying of bricks in a wall, the individual decisions of a billion consumers or the single pixel of a digital screen. They record a process of thinking and making inside every product created by men.

Patterns are blueprints, used to move data across space and time. Complex patterns inside nature remember a million years of Darwinian history. Patterns of cities, grids of streets and pavements remember the interests and politics of people now long gone.

The pattern of a fingerprint records identity, controls our access to space and allows movement across national boundaries.

I work with patterns because they construct reality, for better and for worse. Although they are quiet, or because they are quiet, they are very powerful.

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