Complex vs Simple

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Complexity and my art

My current work plays with the struggle between simple vs complex, and easy vs hard.

I just read the book, “Love People Use Things” by The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. In the following quote, they provide the origin of the words “complex” and “simple” and it blew me away.

According to the book:

“The Latin root of the word ‘complex’ is complect, which means ‘To interweave two or more things together.”

This applies perfectly to my artwork as it deals with the interwoven complexities of life.

Lately, I’ve been trying to simplify my art to the essence of what it is without losing what makes it unique and special. What began as an exploration of color has now become an exploration of form.

An in-progress shot of my piece, ‘Simple complexity pt 2’, 2o21, 38″x46″

By contrast, according to the book:

“The word ‘simple’ shares a Latin root with the word simplex, which means ‘having only one part’.”

I am exploring the intersection between the two, where simple and complex meet.

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