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Reni Gower

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Through complex patterning, my papercuts and pulped paintings reveal the universal language of sacred geometry. Since ancient times, geometric perfection (circle, square, triangle) has been thought to convey sacred and universal truths by reflecting the fractal interconnections of the natural world. One finds these similarities embedded in Islamic / Celtic design and other decorative patterns from around the world. Incorporating these traditional patterns into contemporary artwork promotes understanding through a shared perspective. This reciprocal awareness manifests and reinforces cross-cultural bonds.

Given our troubled times, my art speaks to a shared artistic legacy between the West and the Middle East with hope and optimism. Viewer response worldwide has confirmed the prevalent yet profound spiritual and emotional qualities of color, light, and pattern central to my art. As such, it is a perfect conduit for conversations that embrace cultural diversity through mindfulness.

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